University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

What Can Constant Stress Do to You?

Ongoing stress can affect your body and mind. It may impair your memory and affect how you learn. If you have a cut, it may take a slower time for it to heal. Being constantly stressed may also result in embarrassing gas or diarrhea. Headaches, neck pain, and chest pain may occur as well. It can even cause acne! But most importantly, if you have diabetes, constant stress can affect your blood sugar too.

Let’s focus on how stress can affect blood glucose levels. Hormones that are released due to stress may affect the blood glucose. Stressful situations can also cause those with diabetes to forget to take care of themselves. They may forget to check their glucose levels or not have time to plan good meals.

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