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If you learn how to ease and prevent stress, it can help you take care of your diabetes.

When you're under stress, your body acts like it's under attack. It gets ready to take some kind of action, either "fight" or "flight." To give your body the energy to run or battle, levels of certain hormones shoot up. These hormones can raise your blood sugar.

Stress can also make you not keep up with your diabetes care. You might not feel like you have the energy to eat right and exercise. You also may forget to check your blood sugar often. And if stress makes you lose sleep, your blood sugar levels could rise.