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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


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