How does the body respond to fluctuating blood sugar levels pregnancy?
Alcohol raises your blood sugar level, which in turn prompts the secretion of the feel-good hormone serotonin. This explains why, when we feel under stress, our bodies sometimes crave alcohol to help us relax. In order to cope with the increase in blood sugar, your body produces large amounts of insulin (a hormone secreted by the pancreas). Insulin allows your body to metabolize the sugar in your blood and move it into your cells to supply energy. As a result, within about 20 to 30 minutes your blood sugar level starts to plummet and the high produced by the serotonin starts to diminish, leaving you craving another alcoholic drink. When your blood sugar level drops abruptly and does not go up again, adrenaline is produced to counteract the low glucose level in the blood. This results in mood swings, irritability, and lack of energy. These symptoms are very common in women whose blood sugar levels yo-yo constantly. In addition, their adrenal glands can become exhausted due to the extra demands for adrenaline production and this can have serious consequences for hormone secretion and therefore fertility.