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Why do insulin levels increase during times of stress?

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Answer #1 | 17/05 2017 05:15
During times of stress, insulin levels increase precisely because blood sugar (glucose) levels rise. Insulin is required to 'transport' the glucose from the bloodstream into the body's cells, where it is used to create energy. Dependent on the cause of the stress, hormones, such as epinephrine (adrenalin) can be produced as your body is preparing either to stand and fight or flee an attacker, OR your body is attempting to 'fight off' an infection or illness. Both of these can lead to higher than 'normal' blood sugar (glucose) levels.
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