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January 21, 2003

Hyperglycemia and DKA

Question from Arvada, Colorado, USA:

I have been told that along with stress, pain can cause your body to increase adrenalin which then causes your glucose levels to rise and that illness is also a factor. Is this an accurate assessment?

Answer:

All true — illness, stress, excitement can all trigger an adrenalin response which raises blood glucose levels.

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