Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stress and Sugar levels

Stress and sugar levels in the body do not mix... over the past 2 months my glucose levels have risen to their highest levels. 

From Medicinenet:  When you're stressed, your blood sugar levels rise. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol kick in since one of their major functions is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it's needed most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. You can't fight danger when your blood sugar is low, so it rises to help meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, resulting in an increase in blood sugars.

This article tells me to keep my stress levels in check.... HA!  how in the heck is that possible.  Oh, I know one sure fire way is to exercise but normally when your are stressed you are so busy, you aren't eating right, sleeping right and you for sure done't have time to exercise.

So, one of my goals this week is to mellow out a little more, eat right and get to the gym more than once in this week.

The below is from TIME magazine:
Women need to keep weight gain to a minimum. For every one percent of her body weight a woman gains after high school, her risk for heart disease increases about five percent. For every same one percent gained, that womans risk of developing diabetes increases by 10 percent. In other words, if you've gained weight since high school (and thats probably pretty much everyone), your risk for heart disease and diabetes has increased.
Regular exercise is another critical defense against diabetes. Simply increasing your walking to 20 minutes each day can decrease your risk dramatically.
Finally, women need to make sure they're getting in five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. A healthy diet is key in preventing diabetes.
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So, a trip to Sprouts this afternoon may also be in order.

Stress... hard to control these days.  My diet should be easier... shouldn't it?

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