Nowadays, numerous people are suffering from high blood sugar, mostly due to the modern lifestyles we lead, being constantly exposed to stress, and eating unhealthy, processed foods, loaded with dangerous chemicals. What is awful is that children today suffer from diabetes, and it all comes down to bad eating habits and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Any diabetes treatment plan includes control of blood sugar. It’s important to talk about the signs of high blood sugar, because it is one of the most troublesome diseases of the 21st century. That being said, let’s take a look at the problem, causes, and signs of high blood sugar you should not ignore.
WHAT ARE HIGH BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS?
In order to understand what classifies as high blood sugar levels, we must understand the normal levels first. These numbers are for people without diabetes. Normal blood sugar can be divided into three groups: fasting, before meals, and after meals. The normal fasting blood sugar level on awakening should be under 100 mg/dl. A before-meal blood sugar level is normal when it is between 70 and 99 mg/dl. Two hours after your meal, the blood sugar level should be less than 140 mg/dl. Now, just as there are two types of normal blood sugar levels (fastening and before a meal are almost the same), there are two types of high blood sugar.
Fasting hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) is when your sugar is above 130 mg/dl on awakening, before meals, or after not eating or drinking anything for 8 hours.
Postprandial (after a meal) hyperglycemia is when your sugar levels are higher than 180 mg/dl two hours after your meal.
While one may have high blood sugar from time to time (for example, after a big, fatty meal), it is not normal to constantly have a high blood sugar level. Constant hyperglycemia can lead to damage to your blood vessels, damage to your organs, and damage to your nerves. Type 2 diabetes is a potentially deadly condition.
SIGNS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR IS PROBABLY HIGH
1. Dry and Itchy Skin: The poor blood circulation leads to itchiness, especially in the lower parts of the legs
2. Difficulty Concentrating: The lack of insulin impedes the removal of glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, reducing many bodily functions, and causing tiredness and inability to concentrate.
3. Slow Healing Wounds: In case the bruises or wounds need much more time to heal than usual, you might suffer from high blood sugar.
4. Always Hungry: The reduced levels of the hormone incretin, which reduces the flow of sugar from the liver after meals, leads to constant hunger. This can happen shortly after eating, as a way to again increase blood sugar levels.
5. Thirst: The excessive work of the kidneys with the aim to filter and absorb the excess sugar causes thirst as a way for the fluids to eliminate it through the urine.
6. Excessive Urination/Urinating During the Night— High blood sugar levels might cause a urinary tract infection which can lead to a frequent urge to urinate.
7. Dry Mouth: The mouth can feel very dry due to the elevated glucose levels.
8. Constant Fatigue or Extreme Tiredness: If your thyroid level is low, there is a good chance you are going to feel tired, sleepy or depressed. In order to fight infections, it takes energy, which can result in constant fatigue and high blood sugar levels.
9. Skin Changes: Discolorations, skin growths, and dark, thick skin areas on the hands and neck might indicate this condition too.
10. Tingling and Numbness: The nerve damage, or neuropathy, that results from the elevated blood sugar also leads to tingling and numbness in certain body areas.
11. Recurrent Infections: Certain recurring infections might also indicate high sugar levels in the blood.
12. Dysfunction of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands– These issues, as well as pancreas issues, might be another sign of high glucose levels.
13. Impotence: If left untreated, this problem might lead to damage to the blood vessels and nerves and cause impotence in men.
14. Nerve Problems: The blood vessels that carry nutrients and oxygen to the nerves get damaged due to the high blood sugar levels.
15. Blurred Vision: High blood sugar levels can lead to swelling in the lens of the eyes, which can be the reason for the blurred vision.
16.Stomach Problems: In the case of high blood sugar levels, one faces difficulties to empty the food from the stomach, which leads to pain, nausea, bloating and distention.
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