Posted by Dinah on May 4, 2011, at 7:55:30
In reply to Mirtazapine and blood sugar, posted by mtdewcmu on April 30, 2011, at 15:09:55
I have diabetes and have been researching it recently. I'm not sure if I remember what I've been reading, but I think that insulin resistance is a major cause of weight gain as the body doesn't properly metabolize the glucose. One sign of insulin resistance is a big belly, particularly if that's not your previous body type. I also think I remember that not everyone develops diabetes with excess food consumption. It depends on your genes. Does your family have a history of diabetes? If so, it might be wise to be extra careful. I'm really iffy on this part, but I think that even nondiabetics with the gene for diabetes have a difference in their mitochondria and glucose processing.
I've also gotten a continuous glucose monitor this year, and it's clear that stress and anxiety is worse for my blood sugar than *anything* I eat. In periods of high stress, even with diabetic medication, my blood sugar hovered at 200-300+, while in low stress as now, it runs from 120 to spikes of over 200 depending on what I eat.
So I'd be tending to say that, for me, stress and anxiety may play more havoc with my blood sugar than what I might take to lower stress. But I could be wrong, even about myself. And certainly about others with different genes.
Do you have a meter? They finger stick kind are pretty inexpensive, and would give you a practical idea of your blood glucose under various conditions.