Everyone likes something a little sweet now and again, but depending on our bodies, we may have to be a little more careful when it comes to indulging than others.
This caution is not just about things like weight gain or even the inflammation of the gut and candida overgrowth that eating too much sugar can cause. In fact, it’s much simpler, but can be much more dangerous to your health: it’s your blood sugar levels.
Now, your body and blood need a certain amount of sugar for energy, but too much can cause serious health complications like diabetes, hyperglycemia.
Too high blood sugar can also cause a host of very unpleasant symptoms, with a diabetic coma being the most severe. (This can also happen when your blood sugar is too low, but that’s another issue!)
Luckily, there are lots of warning signs before a coma happens, so don’t freak out.
Just be sure that you’re paying attention to what your body is telling you, and if you have existing issues with blood sugar, make sure your doctor knows all about any symptoms or changes you may have experienced.
Learn the signs you that could be warning you that your blood sugar is getting too high.
Obviously, if you take your blood sugar levels, then you’ll know what’s too high, but if you’ve never done it, there are also physical symptoms that you should be aware of.
With some vigilance, as well as some changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can bring your levels back to normal.
Just be sure to consult with a doctor before making any changes.
Why Is High Blood Sugar Dangerous?
If your blood sugar levels are too high, it can really wreak havoc on your body.
Frequent or ongoing high blood sugar can cause nerve damage, as well as damage to the blood vessels and organs.
For people with Type 1 diabetes, it can also lead to a buildup of acids in the blood, throwing off the chemical balance of your whole body.
People with Type 2 diabetes have to worry about hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS), which means your body can’t process sugar. HHNS is potentially deadly.
But you don’t have to have diabetes to feel the effects of high blood sugar.
What Makes Blood Sugar Levels Go Up?
Blood sugar levels may rise after eating a very large or very carb-heavy meal.
People with diabetes will experience blood sugar spikes more frequently than those without it, but it can happen to anyone. Stress, illness and infection, and inactivity can also cause blood sugar levels to rise.
If you have diabetes 1 or 2, strenuous physical activity while insulin levels are low and blood sugar is already high can also cause a dangerous rise, as can forgetting to take diabetes medication.
So, what are the symptoms you should look out for?
Symptom #1: Increased Thirst
If you find you’re suddenly very thirsty all the time, even if you’ve been drinking enough fluids, high blood sugar may be the culprit.
You may find you feel increasingly thirsty after a large meal, especially one that features a lot of carbs like bread or pasta.
If you feel less thirsty after a little while, your levels have likely evened out, but if the feeling of thirst persists, you may have a more serious issue.