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Old 10-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Does nervousness/stress cause elevated glucose?

If a person is actively nervous at the time of a blood draw, would this potentially cause an elevation in glucose? I'm thinking that it could, given that a fight-or-flight response would kick in. Thanks for any input.

I should also note that I am not diabetic. My glucose while nervous was 102. My glucose tested at home while not nervous is in the 90-95 range. I'm just wondering if the 102 reading could be a false higher reading due to nervousness, so to speak, and if it does or does not really make me "pre-diabetic".

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Being nervous, lack of a good nights sleep, colds can all affect your readings. Your readings look fine so I wouldn't worry about it...JJ..
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:32 PM   #3
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Re: Does nervousness/stress cause elevated glucose?


In response to your question, maybe. You do not supply enough information for a more responsive reply.

However, home blood meters typically work on capillary blood. Blood laboratories will frequently use blood taken from veins. The normal value of venous blood is higher than that for capillary. There is also a margin of error on laboratory tests. Moreover, and this goes, in part, to the second sentence in the first paragraph, above, you did not mention whether the examination was of a fasting value.

Good luck! I wish I had your carbohydrate metabolism!!

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