You start your day with breakfast every morning, usually eating a bowl of whole grain cereal or oatmeal, along with some fruit and a glass of milk. But, there are those rare days when you choose to forgo that nourishing breakfast and opt instead for that pile of pancakes topped with maple syrup and ice cream. Whoops! But when does that whoops become a worry? How is all of that added sugar affecting your body? If this deluge of sugar happens more often than not, it might be time to cut back. Why? Consistently high blood sugar can lead to a host of undesirable disease states, including diabetes.
Who Should Be Concerned about High Blood Sugar?
A healthy body does a pretty darn good job of keeping blood sugar in check, thanks to your pancreas and the hormone insulin. Consistently elevated blood sugars aren’t a good thing and they’re not normal. They can be a warning signal that something isn’t right. Beyond extreme stress, illness or injury, there are certain populations of people who are at a greater risk for high blood sugar, including anyone with a history of diabetes (type 1 or 2) in their family, anyone who has pre-diabetes and anyone who is overweight or obese.
What are the Warning Signs?
There are plenty of red flags when it comes to high blood sugar in someone with pre diabetes or diabetes. You can experience as little as none of these symptoms to almost all of them. If you do experience these symptoms, it’s best to seek the immediate help of your physician.
Sign #1 – Thirst
Sign #2 – Frequent trips to the bathroom
Sign #3 – Fatigue
Sign #4 – Nausea and vomiting
Sign #5 – Abdominal pain
Sign #6 – Slow-healing cuts or bruises
Sign #7 – Blurred vision
Sign #8 – No symptoms at all!
Tips For Managing Those High Blood Sugars
If you’ve been diagnosed with pre diabetes or diabetes, it’s important for you take control of your health as soon as possible. Be sure to enlist the help of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, preferably one that is a Certified Diabetes Educator, to guide you through an eating plan tailored to your needs and to help provide support in managing blood sugar. Lori Zanini, RD, CDE and creator of free 7 day diabetes meal plan says you can be proactive in managing your blood sugar. For example, she recommends finding ways to help manage stress, to get enough sleep, fit in time for exercise, and, if necessary, develop a healthy plan to lose excess weight.
If you are a Healthy Adult, Will you Experience any of the Signs of High Blood Sugar?
Lori says “no.” She goes on to explain that “if you are a healthy adult without pre diabetes or diabetes, your blood sugar may spike higher than normal, but your body’s insulin will manage this and bring your blood sugar back down to normal range, because your pancreas is functioning optimally and is able to manage any intake of sugar. So have your pancakes, but maybe make them whole wheat, go easy on that syrup and only occasionally have that additional ice cream.
Enter my friends at Luvo! Luvo believes it should be easier to make good food choices. Their 3-2-none philosophy supports the right balance of protein, veggies and whole grains, not too much sodium or added sugar, and no artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. It’s their goal to produce food with responsible sugar levels and to help educate people so that you can make better choices for you and your family.
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