Why does stress cause my blood sugar to drop? What's the mechanism?
No, I'm not asking for medical advice. I'm under a doctor's care and the problem is under control; I'm simply curious.
I have type-2 diabetes, managed by diet, exercise, medication, and periodically ripping out the throats of people who eat cheesecake in front of me. Also rice pudding. And root beer floats. Anyway, I generally have good control: almost always <110 in the mornings, and not over 150 any day this year. Having nearly died twice because of it has put the fear of God in me.
Anywhistle...I've noticed that emotionally stressful events cause cause me to go hypoglycemic. This is weird, because the usual reaction, as I understand it, is for stress to cause the blood sugar to increase. But not me. The day of my mother's funeral I went low (<60) three separate times. At the time, one of my cousins, a nurse, speculated that because I was so upset I had simply forgotten to eat--but I'm very careful about watching my meals, and I simply don't believe it. On the day of my aunt's funeral a few months back I also went low, though I'd planned my caloric intake very carefully that day, and both Mrs. Rhymer and Baby Sister Rhymer were watching me like a hawk. I've had similar experiences on any especially stressful day. A diet/exercise/glyberide routine that works fine for me on an ordinary day winds up leaving me with my blood sugar in my socks on a stressful one.
Anybody have an explanation?