High blood sugar levels can be dangerous.
When your body mechanics are off, and you feel as though you need a good grease and oil change, a tyre or two pumped up, and your spark plugs could do with replacing, it is clearly a sign that something is not right. Often, feeling deflated or rundown is a signal from our body that it’s time to book in for service and re-evaluate oneself. Diet and exercise are usually a good place to start.
Diabetes is a word thrown around a lot nowadays. Potential change in our eating habits and convenience lifestyles could be a lead factor in the increase of this serious condition.
Long before someone is found to have diabetes, however, their body will exude signs of high blood sugar levels. By taking note of your body’s warning system, we can avoid some irreparable damage to our bodies.
What is high blood sugar levels?
Elevated sugar levels are commonly a result of too much glucose intake. Glucose is a nutrient that we can’t do without and it is dispersed to each cell in the body. However, too much glucose for too long a time can cause severe damage to your kidneys, nerves, blood vessels and eyes. Processed and artificial foods are contributors to increased glucose intake.
Signs that your blood sugar levels are high
Some common symptoms associated with high blood sugar that you should keep an eye out for, are:
- The need for urinating often and during the night
- Having trouble concentrating
- Feeling fatigued or tired all the time
- Impaired or blurred vision
- A dry mouth and increased thirst
- Slower healing of wounds and abrasions
- A repeat of infections
- Stomach problems
- You’re hungry often
- Increased abdominal/belly fat and weight gain
- Nerve problems
- Dry and itchy skin
If blood sugar is of a concern to you, keep an eye out for foods with lower Glycaemic Index (GI) levels. The lower the GI, the less glucose contained within the food.
Some of the basic foods that you should remove from your diet to avoid high blood sugar are white bread, rice cakes and baked potatoes. Avoiding fizzy flavoured soft drinks and processed sweets is also a must.
Enjoy a healthy diet containing low sugar foods. Three foods that are particularly useful are walnuts (also great for reproductive health in men and heart health), broccoli to help repair damage to blood vessels, and eggs.
Watching what you eat and keeping tabs on your body’s mechanics is vital for recognising potential signs of high blood sugar levels. With convenience at the forefront of our modern world, it is easy to get swept up in foods packed with high levels of sugar and glucose. When your body is talking to you, be sure to listen and take a much-needed break, and that includes your diet as well.
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