What non-diet factors influence blood sugar in diabetes?

Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Stress, exercise, illness, and medications can influence blood sugar in diabetes. It is helpful to journal your daily activities that affect blood sugar, and your blood sugar records. Discuss with your health care providers your lifestyle to manage your diabetes.
William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
What affects your blood sugar? Stress. Lucky none of us suffer from that, huh? Caffeine. If you are female, your period affects your blood sugar. If you are male, your lady’s period affects your blood sugar. The weather affects your blood sugar. If you’ve hurt yourself, pain affects your blood sugar.
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The Born-Again Diabetic: The handbook to help you get your diabetes in control (again)

Much has been written about the explosion of diabetes on the world stage the 4,000 new cases a day we all know about, the millions of people unaware they have diabetes. But another epidemic is...

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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