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What non food things affect your blood sugar, one way or the other? I know when it is hot out or when I am tired I tend to feel low more often, but I haven't been doing this enough to know if I actually am low at these times. I've heard that a woman's cycle can affect blood sugar, and of course exercise lowers it.

What all besides food affects blood sugar, and how do you typically compensate for it when you are using diet and exercise to control?

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Illness can greatly elevate your blood sugar, not much you can do at that point but to keep taking your medications and ride it out. Always contact your dr. if you get unusually high/low readings through an illness.

Lack of sleep can affect BS
I hear caffeine has affected some people's BS
Stress... an argument with a friend/family member can spike mine very high
Scary movies do the same!
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It's broken sleep that does mine; lack of sleep doesn't seem to do much as long as it's in one stretch. It's when the children are waking you up every hour and a half for a few mins at a time that it really kills my control.

My basal just varies from one month to the next. I have tried to pin down why this is, but there will be no change in overall stress levels, activity etc. It just does it for reasons that either I don't understand or that don't exist...
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The biggy for me is emotional stress. It can blow everything out of the water. Sometimes even things I don't think have upset me "a lot" have done a number on my glucose levels.

The other surprise for me has been finding out how much caffeine effects my numbers. Not right after I've had it, but the following morning. My waking numbers are higher the day after I've had much caffiene. I'm such a bad addict, I fall on and off the wagon and have tested it enough to know for me, it really does elevate my fasting numbers the following morning (about 24 hours after that big old cup of coffee!).

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Three things that effect my BS:

Extreme emotions
Exercise
Illness
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Yep, exercise, illness and stress all affect my BG. My cycle does, too - my BG is lower in the first half of my cycle, from my period to ovulation, then trends higher from ovulation til my period.

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exercise, stress, illness.

I dont find that sleep patterns affect my bg much, we're all different!
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Exercise
Illness
Stress
High temperatures
Shopping (guess that could be stress)
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Oh yeah, and the Aliens, I almost forgot!
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Lack of sleep and extreme emotional problems will do it. Pain, as well. Sex, possibly. And definitely aliens.
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Intense emotions, that time of the month usually puts it, the 14th day usually puts it up and also walking by the pizza shop and looking in the window puts it up.

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I agree with the above but also have issues with lack of chocolate. Lack of chocolate can cause low BS, as too much can cause hi BS.

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Stress and illness are the biggest factor for me. I have been fighting a bout of bronchitis and have had to increase my insulin to carb ratio from 1 unit/8 carbs to 1 unit/6 carbs.

The aliens, Don't even get me started about the aliens!!!

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Sex, along with any other form of physical activity, can definitely affect sugar, and can really be... unfortunate when it does. Nothing ruins the mood like needing to run and get a pb&j ;)

And those aliens... and their sugar injections... why do they have to be so curious? :P

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OMg those aliens?! they just appear form nowhere, next thing you know.. BAM!!!

Physical activity, illness and hormones are my biggest ones... As for affecting sex? OMG its the worst! i keep giant jelly beans and glucose next to our bed to combat.. or i will make sure i eat something before retiring if i know i or DH is 'in the mood' ;)
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Wow! I got a little more information than I bargained for! You all make me laugh.

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-Illness (colds/chest infections = high, gastro = low)
-Weather (more lows when it's cold, more highs when it's hot I think highs in heat is maybe d/t dehydrated)
-Some medications (steroids = very high, ventolin = highs)
-Exercise (high or low, usually strenuous exercise like running/jogging = high, walking drops me)

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