You feel like something is not quite right with you but you can’t exactly pinpoint what the problem is? Does this happen often? Many people say that they often feel something is off, they feel certain symptoms and they don’t seem connected and it just isn’t clear what exactly is causing them. Our bodies always tell us when there’s a health problem we just need to learn how to listen and recognize the signs. Your vision is blurred, you feel hungry all the time and your wounds heal slower than usually but these symptoms seem so unrelated, right? It may seem so at first glance but the truth is that these are all signs of high blood sugar levels.
Our blood contains sugar naturally but it’s in glucose form and when its levels are within the normal ranges it’s where your cells and organs get their needed energy to function properly. The sugar levels in the blood are kept under control with the help of insulin which is a hormone your body produces. Insulin takes the sugar from your blood and delivers it to your cells and organs. If you have type diabetes your body’s immune system starts attacking the pancreas cells responsible for insulin production while if you suffer from type 2 diabetes your pancreas produces the insulin but your body can’t use it properly.
High blood sugar – what causes it?
High blood sugar can happen as a result of many factors but it’s usually triggered by elevated stress levels or after some illness. Here are some of the most common triggers for high blood sugar:
– Insufficient intake of insulin or other diabetes medications
– Higher intake of carbs
– Physical inactivity
– Infection or illness
– Surgery or injury of some kinds
– Some drugs and medications
The most common signs of high blood sugar level
When your blood sugar levels increase your health is affected and you start experiencing health problems. As time passes by your blood vessels can get damaged and this can have serious consequences. If you don’t get your blood sugar levels under control it can lead to a stroke or a heart attack, cause nerve damage, kidney failure and even vision loss. You need to know how to recognize the signs of high blood sugar and react in time if you want to protect yourself from the serious side-effects and prevent permanent damage.
- A tingling, burning or numbing sensation
If your blood sugar levels are high, you can feel an itching or burning sensation in your extremities or you can feel numbness. This can indicate you have diabetes because diabetic neuropathy is usually manifested this way.
- Feeling hungry all the time
If your blood sugar levels are off-balance your body won’t have the energy, it needs to perform its functions and you’ll start craving for food so that you can increase your energy levels and find an alternative source of energy in the food.
- Frequent bathroom visits
The high sugar in your blood usually ends up in your kidneys and exit through your urine, asking for more water intake and leading to more frequent bathroom visits.
- Feeling thirsty all the time
Just as it makes you urinate more the increased sugar in your kidneys can make you feel thirsty all the time.
- Weight loss or gain
If your cells don’t get enough glucose your body starts to burn muscle and fat to get the energy it needs and it can lead to unexplained and sudden weight loss or weight gain so mind your weight for any unexplained fluctuations.
- Problems concentrating
Everything is connected in your body so an imbalance in your blood sugar levels can affect your mental health as well, leading to memory problems and difficulties focusing and concentrating.
When your blood sugar levels are off your body doesn’t get the necessary energy for your cells and it can leave you feeling tired all the time.
- Wounds healing slowly
If your blood sugar levels are high, it can lead to nerve damage and cause slower wound healing after an injury so if you’ve notice this to be a frequent problem check your sugar levels.
- Blurred vision and dizziness
Both of these symptoms can be caused by high sugar levels so if you notice your vision is blurry or you frequently feel dizzy don’t just ignore it, have yourself checked.
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