In the June edition of Diabetes Bites, we asked about the effect stress has on your glucose levels. Apparently, our readers are experts on the subject because we had a record number of responses. Here is how you replied:
65% Stress almost always raises my blood glucose
5% Stress almost always lowers my blood glucose
18% Sometimes if goes up, sometimes it goes down. Hard to predict.
12% Stress has no noticeable effect on my blood glucose
The fact is, most forms of stress cause glucose levels to rise by eliciting the production of stress hormones which induce a “fight or flight” reaction – which includes the release of sugar into the bloodstream. However, some forms of stress require an increase in mental and/or physical energy expenditure, which can result in a drop in glucose levels. As is the case with most things in diabetes, the answer is a definite “it depends”.
THIS MONTH’S NEW SURVEY QUESTION:
The price of drugs such as insulin remains at the forefront of many healthcare and political debates. Novo Nordisk recently announced a partnership with discount retailer Walmart and Sam’s Club to distribute their Novolog/NovoRapid insulin as Reli-On Novolog at prices that are 50-75% lower than the cash price for Novolog. This month’s question: What do you think will happen to the price of insulin, overall, in the next 12 months?
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