Question: Why do hormones make my BG so crazy? How can I beat back the nasty hormonal effects on my BG?
Answer: While most women deal with mood swings and food cravings during their menstrual cycle or other periods of hormonal imbalance such as pregnancy, those with diabetes may also have to deal with the sometimes unfortunate side effects that hormone imbalances can have on blood glucose control. Insulin, the major hormone involved in blood glucose control, is triggered by the consumption of carbohydrates. When the diet consists of very high carbohydrate foods at irregular times, insulin’s function can become disrupted. Because insulin is closely connected to many other hormones in the body, including estrogen and testosterone, these disruptions can affect both our mood and our blood glucose. While maintaining good blood glucose control is important during all times of the month, it can require a little extra attention during periods of high hormonal imbalances.