Blood sugar is an essential part of our overall well-being, and when there is an imbalance, your health is at risk for serious complications such as heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. “Simply put, it’s your body’s main source of energy. You can’t live without it,” dr. Bayo Curry Winchell, medical director and physician tells Urgent Care, Carbon Health and Saint Mary’s Hospital. The symptoms of high blood sugar can range from subtle to signs you can’t ignore, and Dr. Curry-Winchell explains what to look for and why. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
According to the Cleveland ClinicHyperglycemia, or high blood glucose, occurs when there is too much sugar in the blood. This happens when your body has too little insulin (the hormone that carries glucose into the blood), or when your body can’t use insulin properly. The condition is most commonly associated with diabetes.”
dr. Curry-Winchell explains, “A blood sugar (glucose) level above 180 one to two hours after eating is considered too high. A number from 100 to 125 is considered too high if you have not eaten for at least 8 hours. hour.”
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell: “Too much sugar in the bloodstream for an extended period of time will damage your blood vessels responsible for delivering blood to organs like your heart and kidneys.”
dr. Curry-Winchell tells us, “Not everyone will notice signs of high blood sugar. Some symptoms can be subtle, such as fatigue or an increase in thirst that can develop slowly.”
“Extra sugar (glucose) doesn’t mean more energy,” Dr. Curry Winchell. “The body can’t use the excess sugar to fuel what your body needs for extra activity.”
“The kidneys are unable to filter out excess sugar in your blood and respond by trying to remove it — which increases the amount of time/frequency you urinate and puts you at risk for dehydration,” says Dr. Curry Winchell.
dr. Curry-Winchell explains: “If you lose weight (involuntarily) even though your appetite has increased or remained the same. This happens because there is not enough insulin to respond to excess glucose in the body. To provide your body with energy , the body uses stored fat and muscle.”
dr. Curry-Winchell tells us, “Elevated glucose levels can increase the amount of blood vessels that form behind the eye (retina). The extra blood vessels are harmful and can lead to a risk of blindness.”
“Nerve damage, also called neuropathy, can occur, which can indicate numbness or tingling in your fingers, toes, hands, and feet,” says Dr. Curry Winchell.
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