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Stress hyperglycemia: symptoms not to be underestimated

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Stress hyperglycemia, like diabetes, should never be underestimated: let's see the symptoms and what to do in situations of this type.

Stress is a condition that not only affects the psychological well-being, but also the physical one. In the presence of hyperglycemia or diabetes, stressful situations can affect the disease, making it worse. Let's see what the symptoms and treatment are.

Stress hyperglycemia: symptoms

Hyperglycemia is defined as fasting blood glucose values ​​above 100 mg/dl. When 126 mg/dl is exceeded on two different days, we speak of full-blown diabetes mellitus. Blood sugar and stress , even if few people know it, don't get along. In fact, under stressful conditions, the body produces hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and glucagon and, as a result, blood sugar levels rise. Therefore, glycemic imbalances can occur.

The symptoms of stress hyperglycemia, in addition to the elevation of the blood reference value, are: tiredness, increased thirst and urine output, involuntary weight loss in association with an increase in appetite, malaise, abdominal pain and, rarely , mental confusion and loss of consciousness. It should be emphasized that this disease is often subtle and does not cause any kind of nuisance. As a result, some people notice it accidentally with routine tests.

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Stress diabetes: what to do?

Nervousness and blood sugar do not mix because, in stressful situations, dietary errors can be made, perhaps by exaggerating with portions or alcohol or by making a mistake in counting calories and carbohydrates to ingest. As a result, hyperglycemia cannot be managed properly.

It is therefore essential to be able to reduce stress as much as possible. It's not just about physical well-being, but also about mental well-being. It is useful, both on a psychological level and to counteract the disease, to practice a little sport every day. In fact, a sedentary lifestyle is the enemy of diabetes and does nothing but fuel stressful thoughts. According to recent scientific studies, the best discipline is yoga, which is easy to practice even at home , but any other activity is welcome.

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