Blood sugar levels that are too high can lead to heart disease, kidney damage, and vision loss. In addition, it can also lead to diabetes. Indeed, diabetes affects more than 29 million people in the Unites States, says the CDC. The symptoms develop gradually and can be vague. We list several symptoms that you should be aware of.
Increased urination is telltale sign that your blood sugar could be out of control.
When you have too much glucose or sugar in your bloodstream, your kidneys try to flush out the extra through your urine.
As a result, you end up having to urinate more often than usual, including in the middle of the night. Since you’re losing so much fluid, you’ll probably feel extra thirsty and your mouth will be dry, too. It’s a vicious cycle.
Blood Sugar: Excessive Thirst
Urinating more often means that your body is getting rid of more water than usual, which puts you at risk for dehydration.
That can leave you feeling thirsty, even if it seems like you’re drinking the same amount of water as always. Plus, since you’re drinking more, that will also make you urinate more, too.
Fatigue is a classic side effect of dehydration. So if you’re urinating more often and are thirstier than usual, you might find yourself feeling weirdly wiped out.
You might feel zonked even if you’re still going to bed and waking up at your usual time. Getting up multiple times throughout the night, leads to sleep deprivation and fatigue.
Your macula is a small lens in the center in your eye that’s responsible for sharp central vision. But when your blood sugar levels are too high, fluid can seep into the lens and make it swell up. This swelling changes the shape of the lens so it’s unable to focus properly. When that happens, your vision gets fuzzy, even if you’re wearing your glasses or contacts like usual.
Normally, your body fights off infection-causing germs in your mouth. Excessive sugar intake causes your gums to become red, swollen, and tender. They are more likely to bleed when you brush or floss.
Too-high blood sugar levels can damage your blood vessels, including the blood vessels that sit directly under your skin. That damage can lead to shiny or scaly reddish brown patches on your skin.. The patches are usually itchy and painful.
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