Stress Impacts Blood Sugar? Believe it!

Chuice welcomes Maria Horstmann, MBA, CPT, PNL1 as a guest blogger to talk about why the relationship between stress, blood sugar & insulin resistance should be on everyone's radar. Ignoring it can lead to serious health consequences, but the good news is that it can be managed.


In a nut shell, high blood sugar or hyperglycemia, can lead to insulin resistance which can lead to a series of health issues including:

  • Pre-diabetes
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Increased body fat
  • Hormone imbalance
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Increased cancer risk
  • Injury to blood vessel linings
  • Low energy in organs and glands
  • Risk of Alzheimer’s

Most people think that blood sugar is primarily driven by nutrition choices. There is a lot more to this story that deserves attention. In addition to nutrition, sleep, stress, exercise and timing have an incredible impact on our ability to manage blood sugar.

The Institute of HeartMath defines stress as the wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tensions and pressures. 

So, what are the effects of stress on insulin resistance?

  • Stress increases cortisol and adrenaline
  • Preferred stress fuel is glucose
  • Stress eats muscles!!!  Easy source of glucose is protein through gluconeogenesis
  • By raising blood sugar, without activity to get used, stress hormones stimulate excess insulin
  • Chronic stress leads to insulin resistance

A little occasional stress is an energy boost and helps out achieve our goals. Chronic stress, a huge problem in our society, impacts short and long-term health, permanently compromises our health, and accelerates aging.

Having a stressful day?  High intensity exercise is the best remedy for it.  Start by incorporating short burst exercises in your day and assure your meals and snacks have protein to avoid loss of muscle mass!

Cheers To A Healthy You,

Maria Horstmann

  Maria is the owner of Be Fab – Be You, LLC. She is a health, wellness, and fitness coach who provides individualized programs to help her clients achieve their health goals. Her mission is to empower individuals to be fit and healthy, age beautifully, be their best. Visit to schedule your FREE 45-minute health session and sign up for her newsletter. Follow her on Facebook at BeFabBeYouWellness. You can also reach her at 770.835.5490.