Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 17, 2002
Alternative Therapies and Explanations
Question from Dublin, California, USA:
Can touch raise or lower blood sugar? How about words that give good feelings? How about humor?
In mammals, blood sugar is maintained over a fairly wide range by an intricate series of intracellular biochemical mechanisms. To accommodate food intake, there is considerable tolerance of variation on the high side, but because of the need for glucose in the central nervous system, there are safety mechanisms to prevent hypoglycemia. There is no evidence that these latter can be overridden by any of the factors that you mention. Stress however is a common cause of a rise in blood sugar so that, insofar as touch, good feelings and humour go, they might allay stress and could be said to lower above-normal blood sugars.