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Can stress cause high blood sugar levels?

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Stress blocks your body from releasing insulin, and that lets glucose pile up in your blood. If you're stressed for a long time, your sugar levels will keep building. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques -- like yoga, meditation, tai chi, and breathing exercises -- can help.

From: When Insulin Isn't Enough WebMD Medical Reference

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American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise," "About Our Meal Plans," "Stress," "What Are My Options?"

Diabetes Forecast: "How About Post-Meal Insulin?" "New Medications for People with Type 1?"

Michael German, MD, clinical director, Diabetes Center; director, UCSF NIH Diabetes Research Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Diet and Diabetes: A Personalized Approach."

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "What I need to know about Physical Activity and Diabetes," "What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines."

Raccah, D.  , July 2008. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Sethu K. Reddy, MD, chief of adult diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School.

UCSF Diabetes Education Online: "Metformin," "Amylin Analog Treatment," "Incretin Based Treatments," "High Blood Sugar FAQs."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 03, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Blood Glucose Control and Exercise," "About Our Meal Plans," "Stress," "What Are My Options?"

Diabetes Forecast: "How About Post-Meal Insulin?" "New Medications for People with Type 1?"

Michael German, MD, clinical director, Diabetes Center; director, UCSF NIH Diabetes Research Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Diet and Diabetes: A Personalized Approach."

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "What I need to know about Physical Activity and Diabetes," "What I need to know about Diabetes Medicines."

Raccah, D.  , July 2008. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Sethu K. Reddy, MD, chief of adult diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School.

UCSF Diabetes Education Online: "Metformin," "Amylin Analog Treatment," "Incretin Based Treatments," "High Blood Sugar FAQs."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 03, 2018

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