Great question. There is actually a biological link between stress and elevated blood sugar. When our body is under stress, the area of our brain called the Hypothalamus becomes activated. When this happens, among other things, the Hypothalamus sends a signal to the adrenal glands to make Cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Cortisol tells the body to produce more sugar and to release glucose into the blood stream.
It is important to remember that stress is not just â€œall in your headâ€. Chronic stress can affect our health in many negative ways. It really is important to come up with productive ways to manage stress!
Dr. Jeff M.D.