Blood Sugar Levels

Many people do not understand the difference between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Hyper means high and hypo means low.  So, therefore, hyperglycemia is too high a blood sugar level and hypoglycemia is too low a blood sugar level.

Our blood sugar levels can fluctuate depending on our actions, state of health, thoughts or even our environment. A healthy body releases hormones in response to changing blood sugar levels to most effectively utilize the sugar and to maintain a healthy blood glucose balance.

For various reasons, some individuals’ systems lack the ability to either produce and release the correct hormones or to respond effectively to them. These inabilities result in either hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

Hyperglycemia

Having high levels of blood glucose is an indication that your body is not producing enough insulin or is insulin-resistant. There can be different causes of hyperglycemia including stress, and lack of exercise. Hyperglycemia can also occur if you have Type 1 diabetes and miss taking any of your diabetes medications.

However, the most common cause is eating more carbohydrate-rich foods than the body can handle. If this situation becomes chronic or constant, pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes can result.

When, or as, this happens the body will become increasingly less able to control blood sugar levels. This has huge adverse health implications for the individual.

There are also cases when a person experiences hyperglycemia as one of the side effects of current medication. This is why it is very important to consult your doctor first before taking any other drugs, which may exacerbate the condition.

If you notice yourself feeling abnormally tired and thirsty, feeling sick to your stomach, urinating more often and having blurry vision then it is possible that your blood glucose has exceeded safe levels. You should consult with your doctor to determine if high blood sugar is the cause and take the necessary steps to correct or control the underlying issues.

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