Hyperglycemia, also known as high blood sugar, occurs when there is too much sugar in the blood because the body isn’t making enough insulin. It is most often associated with diabetes. “Your body burns blood sugar for energy. Without it, you cannot survive since it is your body’s primary source of energy” According to Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician at Saint Mary’s Hospital and Carbon Health. Major health issues include damage to your nerves, organs, and eyes, as well as an elevated chance of heart attack and stroke, may occur if high blood sugar is not managed. According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, there are five techniques to help you control high blood sugar.
1. Your blood sugar level is too high if it is this number.
The Cleveland Clinic claims that “If you have diabetes and your fasting blood sugar is more than 125 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), you have hyperglycemia. Fasting is defined as not eating for at least eight hours.”
- Fasting blood glucose levels of 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL indicates impaired glucose tolerance, often known as pre-diabetes.
- If a person’s blood sugar is more than 180 mg/dL one to two hours after eating, they are said to have hyperglycemia.
2. Those who Are Prone to High Blood Sugar
As to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “Anyone is susceptible to having high blood sugar. If you have a family history of diabetes that is thought to be controllable by diet or medicine, using steroids (prednisone), being under situational or mental stress, contracting an illness, engaging in little physical exercise, or eating a diet heavy in fat and carbs.”
3. High Blood Sugar Symptoms
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “Fatigue, excessive urine or thirst, visual problems, to mention a few, are signs of high blood sugar. Finding a healthcare professional is crucial if you want to talk about your diabetes risk.”
4. Consuming Low-Carbohydrate Foods
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell: “One to two nutritious meals a day will not only help you immediately decrease your blood sugar, but will also help you keep it there. The more carbohydrates you consume, the more glucose (blood sugar) is produced by your body, increasing the amount of sugar in your blood.”
5. Consuming more water
Dehydration may be avoided by drinking enough water, according to Dr. Curry-Winchell. Your kidneys struggle more to remove excess glucose via pee when you are dehydrated.
6. Stress reduction
Dr. Curry-Winchell asserts “Chronic stress causes your body to produce more of the chemicals cortisol and glucagon, which elevate your blood sugar. These chemicals may be decreased by finding measures to reduce your stress, even if just temporarily.”
7. Keeping an eye on your blood sugar
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “Lowering your blood sugar may be achieved with the use of a glucose monitoring device, or GCM. It offers information of how your body reacts to the food you are consuming in real time. This may result in dietary adjustments, a rapid drop in blood sugar, and an improvement in general health and a lower chance of developing diabetes.”
As to Dr. Curry-Winchell, “Yes, getting a good night’s sleep may help you swiftly drop your blood sugar levels. The hormone cortisol is elevated when you are sleep deprived. Your entire vitality will be affected by sleep deprivation, which may result in bad eating choices, inactivity, and a melancholy or nervous attitude.”