Do You Have High Blood Sugar?
We all experience bouts of high blood sugar after consuming a meal that is high in carbohydrates. However, we don’t normally experience any symptoms of the condition because our bodies produce sufficient insulin (the hormone responsible for regulating blood glucose metabolism and converting glucose into energy). But when someone suffers from untreated or undiagnosed diabetes, a disease characterized by insufficient insulin production, they will likely experience warning symptoms. The following symptoms can indicate high blood sugar (glucose) and should be reported to a health care professional:
Fatigue. While eating too much sugar is a bad thing, we do need moderate quantities of it to maintain the energy to live our lives. When a person suffers from high blood sugar, that means there is an excess of glucose in the blood that is not getting metabolized into energy, and as a result, the person feels tired.
Increased Urination. Because all blood is filtered through the kidneys, excess sugar in the bloodstream will also go through the kidneys. While the kidneys can re-absorb excess glucose to a point, if levels get too high the kidneys will get overwhelmed. The excess glucose then gets expelled in the urine and brings the body’s water along with it. This means the body is producing more urine, so there is a need to go more often.
Excessive Thirst. Frequent urination depletes the body of water, and the body responds by asking for more. This causes thirst.
Unintentional Weight Loss. This is caused directly by the loss of glucose in the urine. Because glucose is a sugar, it provides the body with calories. Therefore, losing glucose means losing calories.
If you suffer from these symptoms, contact your health care professional as soon as possible. Please keep in mind, however, that diabetes often produces no symptoms at all. So it is important to have your blood sugar levels evaluated regularly.
How many of these symptons do you have?