What Influences Blood Sugar? (Hint: Everything.)
“So the food you eat makes your blood sugar go high, right? And the insulin makes it go lower?”
I clearly remember asking this of my certified diabetes educator, way back in the day, as I was trying to make sense of the things that could influence my blood sugar.
It wasn’t until I was a little bit older, with access to different diabetes technologies, that I saw just how many things left their mark on my blood sugar. This morning, with only emotional stress as an influencer, I watched my blood sugar take the straight road north on my Dexcom graph:
My emotions have their way with my blood sugars all the frigging time. The math isn’t always repeatable. Easy morning + healthy breakfast + in-range fasting blood sugar = in range post-breakfast blood sugar. Stressful morning + diabetes – rational thoughts = rising blood sugar.
Getting the number after the equal sign to remain “in range” takes more work that I’m willing to admit at times.