An important aspect of diabetes management is the constant effort to control blood sugar levels. In men and women with diabetes, blood glucose levels tend to be high, and if the problem is left ignored, it can lead to various complications.
The first step toward more effective blood sugar control is to learn how to recognize signs that tell you something’s wrong. Scroll down to see seven telltale signs that blood sugar levels are out of control.
Frequent urination and increased thirst
Frequent urination and increased thirst go hand in hand. In fact, excessive thirst is one of the telltale signs that you have diabetes. Both of these symptoms occur when blood sugar levels are high. Elevated blood glucose levels force the kidneys to go into overdrive to eliminate the excess blood sugar.
As a result, the kidneys need to produce more urine to pass that extra blood sugar from the body. This is why you tend to frequently urinate when blood sugar is out of control. The more you urinate, the thirstier you get. You drink more water and then urinate again. This cycle will keep repeating until you balance blood glucose levels.
Fatigue happens due to many reasons, and high blood sugar is one of them. The slightest blood sugar fluctuations can make you feel third. Since fatigue is a nonspecific symptom, you can determine if it’s associated with elevated blood sugar if you feel tired after a big meal. If you eat a carb-heavy meal and still feel tired, your blood sugar levels have one up.
In people with uncontrolled diabetes, when blood glucose is too high, sugar from the blood can’t enter cells. The body is unable to convert food into energy then. The lack of energy increases your hunger. It’s also worth noting that low blood sugar levels can increase hunger as well.
Frequent and intense headaches are a sign of both high and low blood glucose levels. They could be the result of dehydration. Although not dangerous, consult your doctor if headaches are persistent or occur alongside other symptoms on this list.
Excess sugar gets trapped in the lens in the middle of your eye. As a result, the lenses become swollen from fluid leaking in. This changes the shape of the lens. Since it can’t focus properly, the vision becomes blurry.
This symptom is temporary and goes away when blood sugar levels are normalized. It shouldn’t be mistaken for diabetic retinopathy, a far more serious problem.
Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
Uncontrolled blood glucose levels can cause nerve damage i.e., diabetic neuropathy. As a result, you may notice numbness or tingling sensation in hands or feet. Some people experience pain, as well.
Slow wound healing
High blood sugar levels affect the body’s circulatory system. The impaired blood flow means the sores and wounds can’t heal properly. One of the most common signs of blood sugar that is out of control is the slow healing process.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels induce a wide range of symptoms that tell us something is wrong. Listen to your boy and be proactive about blood glucose management.