Do stress and hormones really affect your blood sugar levels? If they do, how?
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.
Original posting 19 Feb 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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