Symptoms and signs of high blood sugar

Symptoms and signs of high blood sugar
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Upon my diabetes diagnosis, I exhibited symptoms and signs of high blood sugar that I wasn’t necessarily aware they were caused by high blood sugar.

At the time, I wasn’t aware of what they were, but looking back every single symptom made sense and was being caused by my hyperglycemia.

Here are some of the symptoms and signs of high blood sugar

  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Overall Fatigue (weakness, sleepiness, feeling tired)
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Weight loss
  • A blood sugar higher than 180 mg/dL

If you are aware of any of these symptoms, it’s very important that you visit you doctor and make them aware, so that they can test your blood sugar levels and A1C if needed. 

There are also several reasons you may have high blood sugar

  • You had too many carbohydrates
  • You have an infection
  • Are under stress
  • You’re sick or have a cold
  • You didn’t get enough sleep
  • Take part in strenuous activities. 
  • Honestly, many, many things 

What can you do to lower your blood sugar?

Your doctor will recommend changes to your routine. Some of the natural things you can do to lower you blood sugar are: 

Drink more water. Water is incredibly important to your body, and it helps you remove excess sugar from your blood through urine and keeps you completely hydrated. I aim to drink half of my body weight in water every day. That doesn’t include coffee, tea, or any other beverages. Just straight water. 

Exercise more. Working out can help lower your blood sugar. But for some people, workouts can actually spike your blood glucose. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you, and make an effort to monitor your blood sugar before and after exercise. 

Change your eating habits. Watch those carbs. Carbohydrates and sugar will always spike your blood sugar. Eat a balanced diet with protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Additionally, seek help from a registered dietitian about what might be good for your diet. 

Your medicine may be at play: Track the times you’re taking medicine, as well as when you eat along with your blood sugar. This will help your doctor determine the times and doses for you. 

High blood sugar can be scary and have many complications. But it’s important to keep track of what your body is doing and make sure to take care. If you recognize the symptoms and signs of high blood sugar, you can certainly make changes to get yourself back into normal ranges. 

Seven signs of high blood sugar and what you should do when you have a high blood sugar.

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Mila Clarke Buckley

Mila Clarke Buckley is a type 2 diabetes advocate who started her food blog, “The Hangry Woman”, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and struggling to find approachable resources to help her manage the chronic condition and live a happy, healthy life.

HangryWoman.com aims to take away the shame and stigma that comes with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis and covers topics like diabetes management, cooking, and self-care from the perspective of someone living with the chronic condition.

Mila has worked with companies like OneTouch, a Lifescan Company and Whole Foods Market, and she has been featured by The Kitchn, Houston Press, Travel Noire, Healthline, Yahoo Lifestyle, and WebMD.

Mila lives in Houston with her husband and two pups.

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3 Comments

  1. Aurore
    July 11, 2019 / 6:58 am

    Thanks a lot for writing this post. It’s so helpful. for dealing with high blood sugar.

  2. Mariette
    July 11, 2019 / 3:25 am

    This is great information! Thank you!!!

  3. Kiersten
    July 2, 2019 / 5:45 am

    After reading your blog post, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing. Oftentimes we overlook high blood sugar because we may not feel the subtle symptoms. Thanks for this!

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