Does Blood Sugar Get a Bad Rap?
At the beginning of the spring, you launched a healthy, eating plan in order to shed a few pounds. You wanted to feel comfortable and confident wearing a swimsuit at the beach this summer. As you researched ways to improve your diet, you kept noticing one item mentioned over-and-over again, BLOOD SUGAR. If you can relate to this scenario, you might wonder if nutritionists and healthcare professionals place too much emphasis on people’s blood sugar levels.
Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar
Monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly is crucial. If these numbers move drastically in either direction, serious complications can occur. When your blood sugar levels fall too low, you develop a condition known as hypoglycemia. The serious symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
- Fast heartbeat
- Vision difficulties
Symptoms of High Blood Sugar
Hyperglycemia is the opposite of hypoglycemia. This condition develops when your blood sugar levels rise too high. The symptoms of hyperglycemia include:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Blurred vision
- Dry skin
- Wounds that heal slowly
Dangers of Uncontrolled Blood Sugar
If hyperglycemia isn’t treated, a life-threatening condition known as ketoacidosis* can occur. This condition develops due to a lack of insulin in the body. When your body is deficient in insulin, it can’t utilize glucose for energy. As a result, your body begins to break down fats for fuel. Unfortunately, this process produces waste products known as ketones. If your body can’t release all of these ketones, they accumulate in your blood. The frightening symptoms of ketoacidosis include:
- Shortness of breath
- Fruity smelling breath
- Severe, dry mouth
*NOTE: Due to the seriousness of ketoacidosis, seek immediate medical attention for anyone displaying the symptoms of this medical problem.
The complications associated with volatile, blood sugar levels are serious. Thankfully, changes in lifestyle often help people control their blood sugar readings. Eating a diet rich in fiber and chromium filled foods is a great place to start. Exercising regularly has proven to be most beneficial.
If you’re ready to begin the journey to safer blood sugar levels and better health, make an appointment with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center to get started today.
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