Factors Causing Sugar Hikes
If your blood sugar crosses the upper limit i.e. around 130mg/dL, then you are in a state called hyperglycemia. The various factors that can raise your blood sugar levels are:
- Lack of optimal amounts of insulin in your body. Insulin helps to regulate your blood sugar by distributing it among various cells and organs for provision of energy. Inadequacy of insulin in body can raise your blood sugar.
- Sedentary lifestyle with minimal activity and exercise throughout the day.
- Unhealthy diet chiefly comprising of processed foods like white rice, white bread, pasta, sweetened drinks and fruit juices.
- Some medications also tend to increase your blood sugar levels so your doctor should get your sugar levels checked before prescribing a long-term medication.
- Overweight and obesity. If you have a BMI (body mass index) above 25, you are at a risk of developing glucose intolerance and diabetes.
- Disease conditions like polycystic ovary disease, pancreatitis which is a disease of pancreas that releases insulin in your body for glucose regulation.
- High blood pressure (more than 140/90 mmHg) or high cholesterol levels.iabetes can also be pregnancy-induced and women who have delivered babies weighing 9 pounds or more are also prone to develop glucose intolerance.
Ways to Take Control of High Sugar Levels
A high sugar level can result in symptoms like dry mouth, constant feeling of thirst and hunger, excessive urination, tiredness, blurred vision and long-term problems of unexplained weight loss, poor healing of wounds and ulcers of feet, stomach and retina etc. This is why controlling the raised sugar levels should be of utmost importance.
- If you have close relatives like parents, siblings with diabetes, you are prone to inherit the same and should get your sugar levels checked often.
- Try sticking to your eating, exercise and medicine schedule as close as possible. Today’s busy lifestyle can hinder your maintenance of optimal diet and workout, so you should take extra care and charge of it.
- Go for food items that are rich in fiber like fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps to slow down sugar release after meals and also keeps you fuller for longer.
- Set goals for weight reduction, maintenance of blood sugar levels and exercise sessions every week and share it with your doctor and close-ones to help you achieve them.
- Wear a bracelet or some ornament that shows that you are diabetic in case of any emergencies and keep your doctor’s details handy.
- Keep track of your blood sugar levels on a daily basis. Share any changes in your daily levels with your doctor to so that medication dosage can be adjusted accordingly.