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Re: [IPk] Stress and BGs

In message <email @ redacted>, paul-
email @ redacted writes
>     I have found that during periods of stress my BGs rise. Has anyone 
>     else? For instance, I've just recently changed jobs to one that for me 
>     is a lot less stressful - I've found that I need to decrease my 
>     insulin (I'm still a multi-injector) because my BGs are much lower.

With me, it's a yes and a no.  With chronic stress (worrying that my
museum was going to be closed down) insulin needs went up.  But with
acute stress (I learnt to drive at the age of 29, and needs meant I
drove my mother-in-laws car around a housing estate for 20 mins, and
then the next three weeks did seven 300 mile+ trips) it decreases.  On
the driving experience, I found that I could eat a 150g CHO meal without
taking ANY insulin.  I discovered that I prefer Pepsi max, but the
ordinary Orangina is better!
>     Has there been any medical research / documentation on the effect of 
>     stress on BGs? I've asked some specialists, but usually don't get a 
>     very succinct response. Is this largely unchartered water? If it is 
>     there would by a fine project for medic. Then again you'll probably 
>     tell me there are libraries full of the subject!

There is a surprisingly large body of medical research on many things to
do with diabetes, and most medical people act as if they don't know it
(I assume that they don't have the time to do the necessary research, on
the days I'm thinking kindly, and assume that they think they don't need
to research, on days when I'm not thinking kindly).  

Personally, I have found useful: the web links from medscape (don't ask
me for the URL - I am hopeless at remembering such things, and can't
easily get at it from the email programme - or rather, don't ask unless
you have difficulty finding it).  The links include both links for
patients, and links to medical reference databases.  In my telnet days,
I found the Colorado Association of Research Libraries useful for
searching major journals.

With best wishes,

Pat (another multiple injectioner, trying to get a pump)
Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
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