My name is Mary Van Doorn, and I know a lot about diabetes—I was diagnosed with it 20 years ago. Diabetes brings many challenges along with it, and it can be frustrating to keep up with it all: testing blood sugars, taking medications, making dietary changes, and living with medication side effects, among others. It makes sense why life with diabetes can stress you out. However, stress, whether physical or mental, can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar. This includes stressing about your blood sugar numbers! Stress on the body can also be brought on by sickness, injury, job difficulties, financial struggles, or problems in your personal relationships.