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Question:

Do stress and hormones really affect your blood sugar levels? If they do, how?

Answer:

Stress hormones include adrenaline, noradrenaline (epinephrine, norepinephrine), growth hormone, cortisol and glucagon. These all will, as part of their function, raise blood sugar in preparation for a "fight or flight" response. They do this in various ways, such as causing the breakdown of glycogen (starch) in the liver and the production of glucose from protein. In a situation of insulin lack (e.g., poorly controlled diabetes) the effect can be more dramatic.

KJR

Original posting 19 Feb 97

  
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