The first step to eating and living healthy is understanding what goes on inside our own bodies. One of the biggest contributors to our overall health is blood sugar — a phrase that many people are familiar with but few of us actually know much about!
Blood sugar (also known as glucose) is an essential nutrient for humans that gets distributed throughout our blood stream. When we eat carbohydrates or foods that are high in sugar, we experience elevated blood sugar levels, which could lead to some serious health conditions. Luckily, there are several signs you can look out for that may indicate that you have high blood sugar.
This day and age, with many of our foods being processed and containing higher amounts of sugar, many of us may experience elevated glucose levels for prolonged amounts of time. This can potentially lead to the condition most commonly associated with high blood sugar: Type 2 diabetes.
While high blood sugar does not always lead to the debilitating disease, it can still cause serious damage to your body over time. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could indicate that your glucose levels are too high.
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slow healing
- Dry and itchy skin
- Constant hunger
- Stomach problems
- Constant fatigue
- Nerve problems
- Recurrent infections
- Weight gain in the abdomen
- Increased thirst
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 are experiencing any or several of these symptoms, it’s best to see a doctor who can properly diagnose you.
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