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7 Symptoms of High Blood Sugar And The Causes

People who suffer from type 2 diabetes may experience high blood sugar, but even if you are not diabetic, your blood sugar may run high. This is known as hyperglycemia, and if left untreated, it can cause serious symptoms to develop. Hyperglycemia occurs when your body either does not produce enough insulin or is unable to absorb insulin properly, or develops a resistance to insulin.

Being able to recognize the symptoms of high blood sugar listed below can help you take action before this happens.

  1. Excessive thirst. This is usually the first sign that something is wrong. No matter how much water you drink it doesn’t seem enough.
  2. Frequent urination. Drinking a lot of water or juice will have you running to the bathroom frequently.
  3. Fatigue. Since your body is unable to make proper use of insulin, glucose (your source of energy) enters the bloodstream instead of being absorbed into the body’s cells. This leads to fatigue and a lack of energy.
  4. Blurred vision. Changes in blood sugar levels can cause the lens of your eyes to swell, leading to blurred vision. This can go away once your sugar stabilizes.
  5. Headaches. If your blood sugar is too high or too low, headaches may result. Most people who have diabetes also suffer from high blood pressure and that too may be a cause of headaches.
  6. Dry mouth. Another common symptom of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, although people who don’t have diabetes may also experience diabetes. Some medications used to treat diabetes may also cause diabetes.
  7. Weakness. People with diabetes can suffer from weakness in the lower leg and calf muscles which can increase the risk of falling.

All of the symptoms listed above can be avoided or reversed by making simple lifestyle changes to bring your sugar under control. Check out these articles below:

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4 Reasons Why You May Feel Dizzy

If you suffer from type 2 diabetes and sometimes feel dizzy or lightheaded, there may be several reasons, some of which may require you to see your doctor.

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  1. Low blood sugar – hypoglycemia or blood sugar that falls below the healthy range. According to the  American Diabetes Association (ADA), a blood sugar reading below 70milligrams per deciliter (70mg/dl) is considered low, and may cause you to feel dizzy. Other symptoms of low blood sugar might include shakiness, nausea, anxiety, increased heartbeat and hunger.
  2. High blood sugar – hyperglycemia, just the opposite of low blood sugar, is a glucose level of 130mg/dl before a meal and 180 mg/dl about one to two hours following a meal. Symptoms of high blood sugar may include frequent urination and feeling more thirsty than usual.
  3. Dehydration – high blood sugar —leading to frequent urination—may result in the kidneys removing excess glucose from the blood through urine. At the same time, they also remove water, which results in dehydration. Other symptoms of dehydration are: dry eyes, dry mouth, thirst, headaches, dark yellow urine, and tiredness.
  4. Certain medications – some of your diabetes medications may cause dizziness: SGLT2 inhibitors, such as Invokana and Jardiance, diuretics, antibiotics, statins and some pain medications. Speak to your doctor if you suspect that some of these medications may be causing dizziness.

If you experience dizziness regularly, you should see your doctor, as severe dizziness can affect the quality of your life and, in some cases, may even be life-threatening.

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