Has anyone heard of type I diabetes resulting from extreme stress. I was just diagnosed (pending blood work), and the only thing I can think that caused it was extreme stress I was under. The endo doesn't think this is the case, but the onset of symptoms was very sudden, and the only thing that comes to mind is the stress I had put myself under.
Has anyone experienced this, or heard anything about it?
It is possible that stress could be a trigger, but keep in mind that they have found as many as 23 genes involved in actually just being prone to getting type 1. I don't know how much stress plays a factor in other autoimmune disorders. I know it can affect things once you have it though.
Most doctors believe it's a combination of genetic factors and maybe a virus.
However, stress can temporarily worsen diabetes. Maybe your pancreas had been working badly for a while, but not badly enough to make you sick, and then the stress brought a spike in blood sugar and symptoms bad enough to get you diagnosed.
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Stress is the culprit of many things. I don't think it helps anything but I sure don't believe that in my case stress had anything to do with my diabetes, mostly because I was not stressed, hadn't been stressed for a long long time. Infact I was very content with my life and job. But then one never knows.