How to Recognize and Manage High and Low Blood Sugar
By Genevieve Cunningham
Chances are good that you’ve heard about the dangers of erratic blood sugar levels. With diabetes on the rise in the world, this topic gets a lot more attention than in years past. And yet, there are still many people walking around with unknown problems with blood sugar. To protect yourself and your health, and to keep an eye out for potential problems, take a look at these signs of high and low blood sugar followed by tips for how to manage it.
High Blood Sugar
High blood sugar is what we so often associate with diabetes. Signs that your blood sugar may be too high include:
Frequent Trips to the Bathroom - High blood sugar often gives you the urge to urinate. If you haven’t increased your fluid intake, and yet you’re hitting the restroom more than usual, take note.
Fatigue - High blood sugar can make you feel incredibly sleepy. If you notice that drowsiness is a problem with no apparent cause, it might be time for a check-up.
Blurred Vision - Consistent high blood sugar levels can alter your vision permanently. If this is a problem that pops up constantly, it’s definitely time to get checked.
Low Blood Sugar
We don’t think about low blood sugar as being a problem as often as high blood sugar, but it’s definitely something that can cause damage. Signs of blood sugar that is a bit too low might include:
Shaking - Have you ever gotten the shakes when you’re really hungry? It was probably because your blood sugar was too low.
Sweating - Sudden excessive sweating, especially if it feels like a cold sweat, might indicate that your body needs some sugar, pronto.
Weakness - A low blood sugar level often results in weakness of the muscles and limbs. If you suddenly feel weak out of nowhere, track your eating habits and get a bite, if needed.
So what should you do if you think your blood sugar is out of sorts? The first thing to do is see your doctor! They will be able to pinpoint any underlying problems as well as give you some tips for living healthy. Another great way to manage blood sugar (and health!) is to eat a well balanced diet and exercise. Blood sugar levels really do matter. Pay attention to any of these signs, and always seek professional help in keeping your body as fit and healthy as possible.
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