Continue practicing the Five Essential Habits, Portion Control, Eating to Your Meter, and Incorporating Intermittent Fasting every day! No doubt, however, that you may still be seeing blood sugars (and thus insulin levels) higher than you would like. The number one non-food cause of high blood sugar is high stress! This has been especially true in 2020 and is still present in 2021, so it’s vital that we learn how to manage stress.
Why does stress raise blood sugars?
What have other people done to cope with stress?
What can I do to reduce stress in my life?
Read our article, “Reduce Stress,” for some answers to these questions. And find more answers on your own! Evaluate what might be causing stress in your life, either good stress or bad stress, and consider ways that you can deal with it.
Here’s a new 2-minute video Ohio State Wexner Medical Center (July 2020) about stress and diabetes:
And an even newer 2-minute video (November 2020), “Managing Stress and Diabetes”:
As an aside, April is:
- Foot Health Awareness Month
- Stress Awareness Month (Law of Health #8)
Our next blog post will take a look at the role sleep plays in your diabetic health.