Stress is the single most under appreciated cause of blood sugar issues.
When we have acute or chronic stress, we activate the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system.
One of the jobs of the sympathetic nervous system is to raise our glucose (blood sugar) levels so we will have the energy to “fight or flight”.
This is fine in the case of a workout for example because we end up using up the glucose.
But- when we are stressing and sitting at a desk all day, for example, we are not actually using up the glucose so it contributes to a rise in blood sugar & insulin levels.
Another hormone that impacts our blood sugar levels is cortisol, “the stress hormone.”
When we are stressed, excess cortisol is produced which inhibits insulin production which can keep glucose levels high.
In someone with chronic stress who now has low cortisol, we often see high levels of insulin which then can cause hypoglycemia.
For these reasons, in times of stress or with chronic stress,...
I see it every day. The macros are perfect yet you’re still struggling with high levels of blood sugar or frequent crashes.
It’s time to finally take a hard look at how much time you are spending in a stressed state.
Acute stressors, even rushing around getting ready to leave the house, can lead to a spike in blood sugar that’s visible on a CGM.
But I’m not as concerned about those short periods of stress, like exercise, because that’s what our body was built for.
What our body was NOT built for was the chronic stress that we experience in our modern, fast-paced lifestyle.
Chronic stress raises glucose over time, can contribute to insulin resistance, hormone imbalances, gut issues and literally soooo many other issues.
Chronic stress depletes the adrenals which are a major organ of blood sugar regulation.
Even though most of our stress isn’t going anywhere, we do have some control.
It’s soo important to get our bodies out of a stressed state and...