Having high blood sugar levels can be discomforting and many people wish to know what they can do to help bring down high blood glucose levels.
High blood sugar is commonly known as hyperglycemia. We look at some of the options for lowering blood glucose in the short term. The body sends us more signals than we think, especially in relation to certain problems that may be associated with high cholesterol or blood sugar levels. A lot of people tend to associate high blood sugar with diabetes, but in truth this is not the only issue. Anyone can suffer from this problem and not even realize it to begin with.
So, if you think this may be the case for you, take note of the signals that your body may be sending you.
1. Being Hungry All The TimeAlthough this is something that happens to a greater proportion of people than we may think, what’s for sure is that being hungry all the time may be a sign that something isn’t working well.
If you have high blood sugar, this prevents glucose from being released in our cells. As a result, the body doesn’t get enough energy it needs and is obliged to continue asking for food. This is what creates the feeling of constant hunger.
2. TirednessWhen you find yourself feeling very tired, you always blame it on too much stress from work or on other problems like anemia. However, in reality it can also be due to high blood sugar levels.
When you have this problem, the body is not able to conserve and absorb glucose adequately. Thus, energy is not used efficiently, and the cells of the body do not receive the quantity of food they need. Hence, the result is that the person feels tired even when they have no reason to.
3. Frequent Need To Go To The BathroomFrequent urination is another symptom of diabetes. If you have very high blood sugar, the kidneys are affected and try to balance the concentration of glucose in the blood and cells.
That is to say, what ends up happening is that the body dissolves the blood in the intra-cellular fluid. In this way, it tries to bring the concentration of sugar in the blood back to more normal levels. We experience this as the need to go to the bathroom more frequently.
4. Losing Weight QuicklyAlthough it may seem contradictory, if you have high blood sugar, it’s possible that you’ll lose weight more quickly for no apparent reason because your body will use more calories. Seems strange, right?
Believe it or not, this may happen even if you eat a lot and eat high-calorie foods, for several reasons. As a result of losing a lot of liquid due to frequent urination, you won’t retain any liquids at all and this will make you lose weight. Large quantities of urine with high glucose levels will make the body use more calories.
Thus, all of this will make your body try to get rid of the excess glucose. Also, if the level of insulin is not high enough for metabolism, the body will turn to burning fat.
5. Blurry VisionIf your vision sometimes goes blurry, this can also be because of high blood sugar. In this case, this problem is the result of dehydration from the increase in blood sugar. When this happens, your whole body suffers, including the cells of your eyes,which consequently deform and lose the ability to focus correctly.
6. IrritabilityIf you feel more irritable than ever and this symptom comes together with any of the others we’ve mentioned, then it may be the result of high blood sugar.
This is because people with high blood sugar are more anxious and irritable and are even more likely to suffer from depression. The brain needs a constant and adequate supply of glucose to work well. If there are drastic changes to this supply, this will affect its functioning and our mood will suddenly get worse. Also, sugar is related to the absorption of another nutrient responsible for mood, chromium. We can’t maintain our insulin levels without this element.
Now that you know some of the symptoms the body will show when you have high blood sugar, its important for you to watch out for those signs now. And also try as much as possible to cut down on sugar intake, watch what you consume and exercise often.
Credit: Fola Sean