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Sunday, September 21, 2008 Jillz66, Community Member, asks

Q: can anxiety cause low blood sugars?

I have been an out of control diabetic for 22 yrs. I now suffer from enlarged heart, hypo and hyper blood sugars,high bp, cholesterol, anxiety,depression,morbid obesity. I sometimes have very low blood sugars durring or after a stressful time. can this be connected?

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Cherise Nicole, Health Guide
9/21/08 12:47pm



Hello! Everything you listed above will cause your blood sugar to go up and down. Anxiety can cause high blood glucose levels and low glucose levels depending on the person. You should always carry glucose tablets or something to help your bg's go back up once you experience a hypoglycemic episode. Do you have a strong support system for your anxiety attacks or someone to talk to in general? We have an anxiety community here. If you click here it will take you to a great community and an online support system. 


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Melissa, Community Member
10/10/08 4:06am

Yes very much so, you are not alone

bjcantu3, Community Member
8/27/09 8:26am

Yes, I experienced the same on ocassion.  I have found that reducing stress is not as easy as it sounds.  Yet it is something we have to work towards to help ourselves if we want to control our blood sugar levels. For me, praying and meditating seem to help.  I also try to be more positive in my attitude toward things that get me down or burden me more than I want.  This is not easy and I am not always successful, so I too experience "out of control" excursions.  I offer you that practicing what ever helps you ease the anxiety will help in lessen the "out of control" excursions.  The what ever helps varies for each of us so start to list the things that help you and then practice them daily until you get proficient.  Hope this helps.  It has helped me.

anonymous, Community Member
4/ 5/13 7:15pm

Blood sugar gets LOW, simply b/c u don't eat enough. I do not mean pigging out, just an extra egg, some bacon, milk etc. at dinner have 2 potatoes, 2 pcs a meat, 2 veg...SKIP the pie, ice cream, candy, cookies, coke... have air pop corn and diet coke...blood sugar causes anxiety when its getting low..


Cheers!, Community Member
9/ 3/09 1:41pm

In my case depression is actually a sign of low blood sugar. I know when I start feeling really down and it doesn't make a lot of sense that I need to eat something. Diabetes is already a big block on your back and when you pile on depression and stress they all just feed on each other a become bigger. I wish I had a magic potion to reduce stress but you could try what I do, stop doing what ever is stressing you and go and do something healthy that you know you will have fun doing. Not scientific or medically proven but it does help me.

SpectreWriter, Community Member
2/15/10 10:20pm

Jill, you answered your own question: "I have been an out of control diabetic for 22 years."  Were you waiting for a sign from God?  I am NOT being mean, I'm being candid.  It's your life.  Do you WANT this?  Then do something different.  


Your low sense of self esteem makes you depressed, so you eat, get more depressed... I get that.  It's still up to you, and way past time that you took an active part in controlling your disease.  If you think you're bummed now, imagine how much more upset your'e going to be when you go blind or start losing body parts, have a stroke or somesuch and end up an invalid.  


Twenty-two years is way beyond long enough to get a grip and start taking care of yourself.  Just do it...  Immediately.  I promise you'll feel better about yourself when you do.

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By Jillz66, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/22/13, First Published: 09/21/08