Saturday, September 18, 2021
 Your Physical Health And Well Being

Take Steps To Balance Your Blood Sugar

Woman holding a sign stating blood sugar

Taking the steps to balance your blood sugar is healthful to your overall wellbeing.

High blood sugar influences adverse bodily changes. Uncontrolled high blood sugar affects all bodily systems. 

An excess of glucose in the bloodstream is a sign of diabetes. This condition signifies your body is not utilizing insulin properly. There is either too much or too little insulin produced to control blood sugar levels. 

Occasionally, high blood sugar exists even without being known. The risks for diabetes include family history, being overweight, high blood pressure.

If you are at risk for diabetes, getting a blood sugar test is essential.

Blood Sugar Influences on Your Body:

  • Persistent tiredness arises from an imbalance in blood glucose.
  • Excessive fluid intake due to thirst and frequent urination are common complaints. 
  • Frequent urination cause sleep interruptions creating multiple nighttime trips to the bathroom. 
  • Vision health is compromised due to high blood sugar with increased risks of diabetic retinopathy.
  • Spikes in blood sugar can trigger swelling of the optic nerve causing blurred vision.
  • Swollen eye vessels obstruct central and peripheral vision. Vision loss is a complication.
  • Dry mouth, cracked lips, painful gums, erosion of dental tissue, dental bone thrives in the presence of high blood sugar. 
  • Peripheral neuropathy of the extremities produces numbness, pain, loss of sensory feelings in legs, arms, feet, toes, and fingers.                   
  • Feet damage from injuries of ingrown toenails or blisters can escalate into serious problems.
  • The digestive system is vulnerable to gastrointestinal problems of either constipation or frequent bouts of diarrhea.
  • Kidneys with elevated blood sugar work harder to clear out glucose. When kidneys are worn down, they can stop optimal functioning or shut down.
  • Bladder conditions from high blood sugar present a greater risk of urinary tract infections. Urinary problems arise from the damaged nerves that control bladder function. 
  • Brain atrophy associated with high blood sugar levels creates memory problems, impair thinking processes.
  • Skin changes occur with elevated blood sugar, it becomes dry, cracked, and itchy from fluid loss.  
  • Nerve damage and narrowing of blood vessels develop from excess blood sugar. Loss of libido, erectile dysfunction are due reduced blow flow and nerve damage.
  • Sexual intercourse becomes painful in females due to vaginal dryness or reduced sensation in the genital area.
  • Heart disease and stroke risks rise with high blood sugar. 

High Blood Sugar Care Tips:

  1. Follow prescribed treatment plans of medication blood tests and lifestyle changes.
  2. Control your body weight.
  3. Eat healthfully. Minimize excessive carbs. Foods with high fiber content helps in balancing blood sugar levels.
  4. Check feet daily for injuries and foot damage.
  5. Make sure you get regular eye exams. Controlling your blood sugar can prevent diabetic retinopathy. 
  6. Regular exercise help reduce blood sugar. Live a less sedentary lifestyle.
  7. Reducing stress, and good sleep habits help to build up a stable blood sugar.

Control of blood sugar promotes a healthier you. Learn to recognize early warning signs of high blood sugar to prevent diabetic complications. Dialysis to treat damaged kidneys is an option for improving kidney functions.