The excessive levels of glucose in the bloodstream cause the medical condition known as hyperglycemia or high blood sugar levels.
This condition causes symptoms even in its early stages, so it is of great help if you know them.
If you experience stomach issues often, constantly feel hungry, and gain weight even though you have limited the calorie intake, you might experience some of the early symptoms of high blood sugar.
Note that even healthy people experience blood sugar levels spikes after consuming candy, cakes, or sodas. Yet, if these levels remain high for more extended periods of time, they might cause diabetes or some other serious health issues.
Knowing the early signs and being able to recognize them on time might prevent severe complications and help you stabilize the blood sugar levels and keep them under control.
This condition might result from various factors, and these are the most common ones:
- Poor diet
- Lack of regular exercise
- Use of certain medications
- Some health conditions
High blood sugar does not mean that you have diabetes, but it is a symptom of it. On the other hand, sometimes patients who have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) do not experience any symptoms.
Yet, these are the common symptoms of high blood sugar:
- Dry mouth
- Constant hunger
- Stomach problems
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Blurred vision
- Increased thirst
- Dry and itchy skin
- Daily fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
- Nerve problems
- Frequent urination and/or urination during the night
- Recurrent infections
You can use a Glycemic Index food list to reduce these symptoms.
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system that measures the carbohydrates based on the rate of the glycemic response, meaning that it ranks the foods on a scale (from 1 to 100) based on the effects they have on the blood-sugar levels.
In other words, thus scale evaluates foods according to the extent they raise blood sugar levels after being consumed.
The scale starts from 0 to 100 and higher values refer to foods that lead to the fastest rise in sugar levels in the blood. The Pure glucose serves as a scale of 100.
High- GI foods are quickly digested, and the low-GI ones slowly. According to medical experts, low GI foods offer multiple health benefits and also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance, thus preventing elevated sugar levels in the blood.