|Diabetes: Feeling ‘at night’ which can be a sign of high blood sugar levels|
Feeling ‘at night,’ which can be a sign of high blood sugar levels, is a symptom of diabetes
The war against diabetes continues, but rising obesity rates are taking major setbacks. The situation is further complicated by the fact that there are no obvious warning signs of high blood sugar in the early stages, so many cases go unnoticed. According to some health bodies, however, a telltale sign may be more apparent at night.
Diabetes is characterized by disturbances in blood sugar levels, resulting from an inability to respond to insulin or a deficiency in the hormone. The end result of this is high glucose levels, which, if left unchecked, cause severe damage to nerve endings. A telltale sign that blood sugar levels are becoming chronically high can strike at night.
Hormonal fluctuations can cause an increase in blood sugar levels, whether a person is diabetic or not.
It is only once that chronic high blood sugar levels are left unnoticed that the condition begins to produce clear warning signs.
Since symptoms usually do not appear before blood sugar levels have risen significantly, many cases are misdiagnosed in the early stages, when the condition is still reversible.
Headaches at night can be an early warning sign that blood sugar levels are too high.
Because blood sugar levels rise while you are sleeping, symptoms may be more pronounced at this time.
The health website Diabetrib explains: “You may experience symptoms of hyperglycemia if your blood sugar is high at night.
“Hyperglycemia, or ‘high glucose’, is not defined by a specific glucose level.
“While many people aim to keep blood sugar levels below 180 mg/dL during the day, some people aim for a lower limit of 120 or 140 mg/dL at night, when they are not eating.
“At night, symptoms of hyperglycaemia include poor sleep, waking frequently to urinate or drink water, headache, dry mouth, nausea.”
While blood sugar levels can rise at night, it is worth noting that the increase will rarely be significant enough to harm the body.
Other symptoms of high blood sugar
Excess glucose is infamous for its association with nerve damage, but it can also cause sweat glands to function properly.
This can lead to insufficient sweating, or excessive sweating, depending on how the glands have been damaged.
When nerves stop working, individuals can also develop diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to amputation in severe cases.
Pins and needles, or a persistent tingling sensation in the hands and feet may indicate high blood sugar levels.
How to control high blood sugar level
Drinking more water is important for glucose control because it allows the body to flush out excess sugar.
Carbohydrate intake must also be managed efficiently, as the body breaks down nutrients into sugar.
Maggie Powers, PhD, elected president of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association, said: “Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar or glucose levels are higher than normal.
“It is carbohydrate foods such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, fruits, milk and desserts that can cause this increase.”
Therefore simple carbohydrates should be avoided, while complex carbohydrates, which are rich in fiber, should be emphasized.
Exercise can also provide long-lasting effects, helping to keep blood sugar in check for up to 48 hours.
Source: Solen Le Net, Express, Direct News 99