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We all know we should try to live healthier lives, eating better and staying more active. But why exactly? What is the benefit to doing all this?
Well, for a start, keeping your blood sugar in check is key to living a longer, healthier life free of disease.
Blood sugar – called glucose – is an essential nutrient which is distributed throughout our bloodstream.
When we eat carbs, or foods high in sugar, our glucose levels, which could lead to some serious health conditions. Luckily, there are several signs to be on the lookout for, that could indicate your blood sugar levels are too high.
High blood sugar can eventually result in type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t always lead to this disease, but it can still cause serious damage to your body over time.
There’s plenty of time to do something about it before the problem gets too serious however! If you bear these symptoms in mind, and spot them when they first occur, you could just have spotted an early sign of diabetes before it happens.
1. Frequent urination
In diabetics, excess sugar builds up in your blood, so your kidneys work harder to filter and absorb that. If your kidneys can’t keep up, the sugar goes into your urine, dragging fluids from your other tissues! Gross!
2. Dry mouth
So obviously because you’re peeing all the time, that could also leave you dehydrated. So you’ll drink more fluids and in turn urinate even more. It’s a vicious cycle, and one you should definitely get checked out.
3. Difficulty concentrating
We’re all confirmed procrastinators these days, but if you have trouble focusing, it could be down to your blood, not your brain. When brain cells aren’t fed properly, they don’t work properly!
4. Blurred vision
Basically, high blood sugar causes the lens of your eye to swell, which changes your ability to see. It’s reversible, but diabetes carries the risk of permanent eye damage.
5. Slow healing
High blood sugar changes the complex chemistry of both your blood and your skin, so you might notice any wounds you pick up healing slower.
6. Dry and itchy skin
Firstly, if you’re urinating more often, this will obviously dry your skin out. Dry skin can also be caused by poor circulation, and also by changes you blood sugar levels make to your sweat glands. So peeing more, dehydration and dry skin are three linked symptoms to definitely keep an eye on!
7. Constant hunger
It’s not actually you blood sugar levels that cause this, but low insulin levels. Hormonal imbalances like this make your brain call out for nutrients, triggering the feeling of hunger.
8. Stomach problems
Constipation, diarrhea, they’re both symptoms of high blood sugar. So if you’re using the bathroom too much or not enough, it could be a warning sign.
Fellers, if you’re having trouble ‘getting it up’, that’s definitely a problem. Not just in the bedroom either, it’s not just a sign of getting older, it could point to underlying health problems. So if you find yourself in this boat, get your blood pressure, cholesterol and of course your blood sugar checked on!
10. Nerve problems
Numbness, not feeling pain or temperature changes well, tingling or burning sensations, sharp pains or cramps, increased sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness or loss of reflexes? They’re all signs you should check your blood sugar levels!
11. Constant fatigue
When your blood glucose is high, your body isn’t storing or utilizing glucose properly. You’re not burning energy efficiently, your cells aren’t getting the fuel they need, and the overall effect is a lowering of physical energy.
12. Recurrent infections
One of the most well-known symptoms of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes is infections, especially in places like the feet. If you find yourself with infections from every little nick and graze, or being prescribed antibiotics often, maybe it’s time to talk to your doctor about blood sugar.
13. Weight gain in the abdomen
Again, this is all to do with your insulin levels, but it’s one of the more obvious symptoms to be on the lookout for.
14. Increased thirst
As we’ve already seen, between a dry mouth and urinating more, you’ll find yourself thirsty if your blood sugar is too high. Definitely something you can spot and keep tabs on!
Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, it’s never too early to start keeping your blood sugar under control!
As always, if you experience ANY of these symptoms, you should consult a doctor who can properly diagnose you.