September 16


12 Early Signs That Our Blood Sugar is High

By Gabriela

September 16, 2022

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions nowadays. Many people have it without even knowing as the symptoms can be easily overlooked. But, when it comes to this disease, it’s extremely important to treat it as early as possible.

If not treated properly and on time, this chronic condition can lead to many health complications and damage to vital organs like the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves, etc.

With the right diet, medication, and exercise, we can control our blood sugar levels and prevent these health problems from occurring.

So, here are a few early signs our blood sugar levels are higher than normal, according to  ADA.

12 Symptoms of High Blood Glucose

1. Increased Urination

When there’s a high amount of glucose in the blood, the kidneys work harder to remove it. As a result, we urinate more often than usual, especially at night.

2. Excessive Thirst

We lose a lot of fluids when urinating frequently, so, naturally, our body will try to replenish it.

3. Increased Hunger

Blood sugar fluctuations don’t allow the cells to get the required glucose, and as a result, we feel hungry more often.

4. Dry Mouth

The high concentration of glucose in our blood and saliva makes our mouth dry. This, in turn, can lead to many oral and dental problems like gingivitis and bad breath explains Healthline.

5. Unexplained Weight Loss/Weight Gain

Losing 10-20 pounds over a few months for no reason can be a symptom of this chronic condition. Another indicator is eating too many sugary foods which can lead to weight gain.

6. Fatigue

When cells lack glucose, our body becomes exhausted. So, if we feel tired all the time, our blood sugar levels are probably poorly controlled, says Everyday Health.

7. Problems with Vision

High blood glucose can cause blurred vision, double vision, and reduced ability to see, says Alberta. In severe cases, it can even lead to permanent damage and vision loss. That’s why early treatment is highly recommended.

8. Cuts and Wounds That Heal Very Slowly

A high concentration of glucose in the blood makes the cell walls rigid and stiff, thus impairing the blood flow. This, in turn, doesn’t allow the blood to reach the vessels located at the wound surface, hence the slow healing of cuts, bruises, and wounds.

9. Nerve Problems

High blood sugar damages the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to nerves, thus damaging them. That’s why nerve problems can be a sign of poorly controlled blood sugar levels.

10. Dry, Itchy Skin

The poor circulation in the body caused by excessive glucose in the blood can make our skin dry and itchy, especially in the legs.

11. Stomach Issues

People with blood sugar problems often have difficulty emptying the food from their colons. High blood sugar is sometimes connected to nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, and vomiting.

12. Tingling, Numbness, or Pain in the Hands or Feet

High blood glucose can damage the nerves in the hands and feet, hence the tingling, numbness, and pain.

By recognizing these symptoms we can treat the disease the right way and prevent many serious health complications.

Source: Small Joys


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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