12 Warning Signs You Might Have High Blood Sugar Levels


People without chronic diabetes may also have high blood sugar levels. To prevent such a condition from deteriorating, watch out for some body signals that might point to a high blood sugar level.

Scroll down to read these 12 signs and if you have any one of these, consult your doctor to get the appropriate tests done as soon as possible.

#12 Irritability

A sharp increase in the blood sugar level adversely affects the brain functions. As a result, without any reason, you may feel irritated. Chromium is a mineral that affects your mood. When there’s excess sugar in your blood the insulin in your system won’t work the way it’s supposed to, and your mood is affected.

#11 Impotence

High blood sugar level affects the ability to have and maintain a proper erection. Excess sugar may affect good blood flow, healthy nerves, and hormonal balance—all required for a proper erection.

#10 Wounds slow to heal

If you notice that even after a week, your cut or wound hasn’t healed much if at all, it points to a high blood sugar level in your body. High blood sugar levels damage the vascular tissues and affect the limbs, in particular. The lack of proper nutrition to tissues and an optimum blood circulation affects the healing of wounds.

#9 Blurred vision

High blood sugar levels affect your vision. If you find that you are not able to focus properly, it’s time for a visit to your doctor. The dehydrating effect of high blood sugar levels affects eye’s cells.

#8 Concentration power

With an increase in the blood sugar level in your body, you’ll find that you experience difficulties concentrating. You might read the same line several times, but still not understand it. That’s because the brain is deprived of getting much-needed energy from glucose. So, with blood sugar levels running high, chances are that glucose is not reaching your brain.

#7 Dry skin

When you have excess sugar in your blood, you will experience frequent urination and as a result, your body will actually become dehydrated. This leads to dry skin. In addition, you may develop skin conditions on your legs; this is because having high blood sugar levels hardens and narrows the arteries and adversely affects blood circulation. You may also have damaged nerves due to your sweat glands not working at their optimum level, affecting the water balance in your body.

#6 Infectious diseases

Yeast infections and urinary tract infections are more frequent if they are getting the perfect food for breeding bacteria—sugar. Women are more prone to these conditions than men. So, if you’re experiencing these conditions often, chances are you have a high blood sugar level.

#5 Weight loss

If you have experienced unexplained weight loss, it could also be attributed to high blood sugar levels in your body. Why? Well, increased blood sugar levels trigger frequent urination, which leads to weight loss. (See below) If glucose metabolism is not being maintained by the proper production of insulin, the body switches to burning fat, which leads to weight loss. If you’re urinating all the time, it means your body is spending more calories and therefore, you lose weight.

#4 Dryness in the mouth and excessive thirst

Another signal of high blood sugar levels in your body is dry mouth and excessive thirst. That’s because the hypothalamus assesses the level of hydration in your body and sends a signal to the brain that you’re thirsty. It’s best to drink water or sugar-free tea to quench your thirst.

#3 Frequent urination

As mentioned above, if you feel like going to the bathroom every five minutes, you may have high blood sugar levels. This is because the kidneys cannot reabsorb water. As a result, the body tries to optimize the glucose concentration in the blood and in the cells by dissolving blood with intracellular fluid. This brings the concentration of glucose to normal and results in frequent urination.

#2 Excess fatigue

If you wake up in the morning and still feel tired, your blood sugar level may have shot up. The body can’t absorb it if it’s too high; it can’t regulate glucose levels properly when the sugar level is high. As a result, energy is not used efficiently and the body doesn’t get the fuel it needs to feel energized.  

#1 Constant hunger

When the blood sugar level is high, cells are unable to absorb the glucose. So, the body asks for energy and sends a signal to the brain that it’s hungry. And the patient ends up eating constantly to provide energy to the body.

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