High Blood Sugar: What Can You Do To Regulate It Every Day?

There is a really good reason why Type 2 Diabetes is called the ‘invisible disease’ by health care providers.  Unlike Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms of high-glucose (blood sugar levels) are harder to notice for individuals diagnosed with Type 2.

Fasting hyperglycemia is evident in blood sugar results that are higher than 130 mg/dL, after the individual has not eaten or drank any beverages for at least an eight hour period.  Type 2 diabetics are encouraged to monitor their blood glucose first thing in the morning, to create a baseline trend of readings to help them deepen the understanding of the impact of certain food and beverage choices on overall blood sugar management.  Postpradial hyperglycemia (after meal) readings should not exceed 180 mg/dL when tested two hours after consuming a meal.

Common symptoms that individuals experience, when blood sugars are poorly regulated include:

  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Chronic thirst and dehydration
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent urination
  • Vaginal and skin infections
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Loss or reduction in visual acuity

One of the most unfortunate aspects of Type 2 Diabetes, is that for most of life, patients may not notice or be aware that they have the condition.  Even after diagnosis, individuals do not immediately experience pain symptoms that prompt an immediate lifestyle change or effort to manage blood glucose, until significant (and sometimes life threatening) conditions develop. As a physician, I want everyone to know that the outcome of Type 2 Diabetes CAN be changed, with medical supervision and action.

Health complications associated with chronic high blood sugar:

  • Significant damage to small blood vessels (also known as microvascular disease).  This creates nerve damage that can lead to loss of vision and blindness, and kidney disease).
  • Damage to large blood vessels (diagnosed as macrovascular disease) contributes to the build up of fatty deposits and plaque in the arteries, substantially increasing the risk of coronary artery disease, and heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetic neuropathy (a painful condition that feels like pins and needles in hands, fingers, toes and feet).  This reduces the ability to feel pain and discomfort, which can lead to the delay in diagnosing other significant health problems.

The good news is that many clinical studies support that healthy weight management, combined with pharmaceutical counseling and support and nutritional balance have a profound impact on reducing negative health outcomes for individuals with diabetes.  Some types of low carbohydrate diet plans (including the Keto Diet) have been discussed as a tremendous benefit to diabetics, and effective at stabilizing blood sugars within normative levels for good health.

Making the important lifestyle changes, including diet and behavioral modification can be challenging.  Many convenience and fast-food options that fit in with a busy lifestyle, are high in both unhealthy fat and carbohydrates.  Organizing yourself with advanced meal and snack preparation, and being aware of your best nutritional choices and low carbohydrate alternatives is key.  Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes can radically change their health outcomes by rethinking their nutritional and exercise habits, and live long healthy and happy lives, while reducing the risk of life threatening or debilitating health outcomes.

IDLife is a nutritional company based in Frisco, Texas.  The branded supplements were formulated specifically to help individuals access delicious, convenient and affordable meal replacement products, snacks and beverages that can help.   Contact me for more information, or explore some of the products I have provided on my website, and learn how IDLife nutritional and weight loss supplements are making a difference for Americans around the country, who are ready to put their personal health first.

 

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.