Hey there,

Just wondering if anyone else finds that their BG levels go through the roof when stressed out.
ive recently started on insulin after after a really bad time in my life and was wondering if anyone else had the same problem. now im lovin my life again and chilled again, is this a temp body reaction and will i be able to go back to tabs?
Id love to here comments from anyone whos been through the same.

Thanks and happy new year :-)

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Comment by Pastelpainter on January 7, 2012 at 2:53pm

Yes, I am often stressed and my bgs do rise. Try breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, listen to soothing music, anything to control the stress and lower your bg numbers. Good luck.

Comment by Jen on January 7, 2012 at 2:58pm

If you are a Type 1 as your profile says, then you will always need insulin, as Type 1s usually don't produce any significant insulin of their own unless they are in the "honeymoon" phase.

As to your question about stress, yes stress can have a huge impact on blood sugar levels. I have watched my blood sugars go from normal to the mid-teens (mmol/L) from nothing but a stressful situation.

Comment by Fenderstratocaster on January 7, 2012 at 3:23pm

Cheers Jen :-)
I just dont understand why ive controlled it for 4 years with metphorim, then gliclozide and januvia, then it all stopped working, and my ketoids went through the roof, i would have thought that this was a temp problem with stress and when i chilled out again i could go back to the tabs, ive been type 2 for 5 years but in the space of a bad year its all gone wrong.

Comment by Fenderstratocaster on January 7, 2012 at 3:24pm

thanks for your comment Jen, much appreciated :-)

Comment by FHS on January 7, 2012 at 4:35pm

Could have been an extended honeymoon period for a good part of that, as Jen says. Hard to say, but that would be my guess. There's just not enough information given to make any assumptions about how your control was before and after the big change, and exactly what you mean by BGs going through the roof relative to what they were before.

I had a pretty extended honeymoon and, even though pills never worked for me, I was on ridiculousy low doses of basal and bolus insulin relative to what I was eating, to the point that my endo considered trying pills again 3 years after I was dxed. At some point, it all went to hell, so to speak, and I found my A1Cs creeping up from the low 5s into the high 9s over the course of a couple years before I even thought that I had to be a bit more conscientious about my management.


Comment by Jen on January 7, 2012 at 5:54pm

I think for people diagnosed as adults it's not at all uncommon to have a honeymoon that lasts years. I met a lady a few years ago who had been diagnosed as Type 1 in her 50s a year and a half previous, and only had to take bolus insulin if she ate 30g of carbs or more (she was on a low dose of basal insulin). She said if she ate 30g of cabrs without a bolus her BG would be around 6 (110) at two hours. She was kind of surprised when I told her my BG would be around 14-15 (250-270) or higher if I ate that many carbs without a bolus (I've been T1 since childhood). Clearly she was still making a good amount of her own insulin even at 1.5 years post diagnosis.

Comment by nel on January 7, 2012 at 6:00pm

Maybe never were a type 2 ?? ...but as you mentioned in your profile a type 1 ( some call it LADA )

Comment by Kitabparast on January 7, 2012 at 6:21pm

It is my understanding that due to biological changes, in some people with Type 2 the body stops producing insulin, effectively changes the diabetes from Type 2 to Type 1.

It is also my understanding that with Type 1, for the most part, the issue remains the same: the body is not producing insulin, so it is needed from an external source. However, in Type 2, the issues fluctuates as time goes on: insulin sensitivity changes as well as insulin production.

For that matter, the body's needs change even in Type 1. My basal rates and ratios are different today than what I had 5 years ago.

Diabetes is dynamic, not static. Things change all the time. Hence the importance of always testing and making adjustments as needed.

Comment by Fenderstratocaster on January 7, 2012 at 8:15pm

I now guess that i have had an extended honeymoon period on the tablets for years.

Thanks for all your comments :-)

All the best to you all for the new year!!


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