Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)-The Bad Guy
Here’s what you need to know about hyperglycemia. High blood glucose happens when the body has too little insulin or when the body can’t use insulin properly.
- Hyperglycemia is one of the major causes of complications with diabetes.
- Hyperglycemia happens! Everyone is going to cheat on their diet, get busy and not exercise on a particular day, or forget to take their medication.
- Check blood glucose levels. Levels >240mg/dl is hyperglycemia.
- Identify the symptoms of hyperglycemia so you can treat it quickly.
- High blood glucose
- High levels of sugar in the urine
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Blurred vision
- When high, lower your blood glucose level by exercising, unless feeling faint or ill.
Causes of hyperglycemia
Here are a few things that can cause high blood sugar levels.
- Not enough insulin. (Type 1)
- You have insulin in your body, but is not as effective as it should be. (Type 2)
- You ate too much or exercised less.
- Stress-work, family, sick, etc…
If your blood glucose level is consistently too high, then you need to start making some changes. Also talk to your doctor. They might recommend the following.
- Meal Plan Help: A healthy diet and proper meal planning can help you avoid hyperglycemia. Avoid processed and refined sugars, limit carbohydrates, high quality proteins and fats, vegetables and some fruits.
- Exercise: Doing a little bit everyday will help keep your blood sugar levels in check.
- Medication Adjustment: Your doctor may adjust your insulin (or glucose-lowering medication) dose or when you take it to help prevent hyperglycemia.
An important side note. If you develop hyperglycemia and/or ketones are present in your urine, DON’T exercise. Hyperglycemia and/or ketones in the urine mean exercise will cause your blood glucose to rise higher.
The easiest way to prevent hyperglycemia is to control them! Remember, you are in control.
- Taking your insulin (or glucose-lowering medication)
- Avoiding crappy food-processed and refined sugar, junk foods, fast food, etc…
- Consuming the right types carbs-vegetables and fruits
- Controlling stress
- Going to your regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments