I have started to realize something that has always been apparent. The adrenaline rush I get when I get off stage affects my blood glucose level. A couple of days ago I did a show in Champaign, IL and when I tested my levels before driving home. I was a little high. It was nothing terrible, but I hadn’t eaten anything and my levels all day were pretty good, so I concluded that it is the rush I get on stage.
I suppose it all makes sense. Adrenaline affects your body chemistry in many ways. For me it is a rush of high glucose. I cannot help it, I love the stage, I love entertaining folks and the self-centered part of me likes being the center of attention.
I do not drink in clubs, usually just diet cokes and water. So I know that is not affecting my levels unless I am misunderstood and am accidentally slipped a coke. This has happened on many occasions. I think I would be the first comedian to be taken by diabetes. That is definitely not the cool way to go.
I suppose the best way to handle this is give myself maybe a little bit of insulin before I take the stage. Nothing incredible just maybe 1 or 2 units to cover whatever rush I feel that night. Better yet maybe I should wait until after my set because if I have a bad night there is little adrenaline.