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8 Signs Your Blood Sugar Is Out Of Control

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Are you constantly tired? Shaky? Prone to being hangry or struggling to lose those final few pounds? It could be your blood sugar.

With rates of type 2 diabetes growing at an alarming rate – it’s now one of the world’s most common long-term health conditions – managing your blood sugar is a must. Read on to discover the eight signs that yours needs attention…

You Crave Carbs And Sweets

The odd sweet treat is part of a balanced diet, but a constant hankering for sugar isn’t normal – the body craves it in response to a drop in glucose levels, which can be an early warning sign of type 2 diabetes.

You’re Tired All The Time

Fatigue and extreme tiredness are often symptoms of uncontrolled blood sugar, especially if you become exhausted soon after eating. When your body isn’t processing insulin (the hormone that enables us to use glucose for energy) properly, or it doesn’t have sufficient amounts of insulin, sugar stays in your blood rather than getting into cells to be used for energy.

Your Vision Is Blurry

High blood sugar levels can lead to swollen lenses in your eye due to fluid leaking in, changing the shape of the lens and making it tricky to focus properly. You may also find yourself suffering from frequent headaches.

You’re Always Thirsty

A common, but subtle, sign of high blood sugar is feeling unusually thirsty and needing to drink more than usual. Excess sugar in the blood can also cause frequent urination – if your kidneys can’t keep up with the amount of glucose they need to process, excess sugar is excreted in your urine.

You’re Gaining Weight Around The Tummy

Insulin resistance is a common cause of weight gain in the stomach area. An increase in insulin levels, due to the inability to process carbohydrates, can lead to the creation of excess fat. If your waist is equal to, or larger than your hips – take note.

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You Can’t Fall Asleep

Fluctuating blood sugar levels can wreak havoc on the body and make it tricky to fall asleep. And if you do fall asleep, but tend to wake up around 3am, then this could be a result of low blood sugar – nightmares or other unusual behaviour such as sleep walking could also be symptoms.

You Get Hangry If You Miss A Meal

If your diet is high in refined carbs, you’ll likely be hangry quicker than someone with balanced blood sugar. When blood glucose levels crash a few hours after a sugar-laden meal, a cascade of stress hormones start to rush around the body – leaving you irritable, cranky, anxious and possibly even jittery or sweaty.

You Suffer From Anxiety

Insulin resistance and fluctuating blood sugar levels can seriously affect your mood. Not only do they cause irritability, they can also trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

Ready to get your blood sugar back on track? Read on for our top tips...

See your doctor: If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, you could be at risk of type 2 diabetes. Make an appointment with your GP to have your blood sugar levels checked.

Reduce your sugar intake: Avoid sugar-packed foods and processed carbs, focusing instead on fresh, whole foods. If you need a sugar fix, try 70% dark chocolate (we love Green & Black’s).

Don’t start your day at a deficit: Skipping breakfast (or just having a coffee) tells your body to go into starvation mode, increasing the likelihood of sugar cravings later in the day.

Consider protein and fats: Eat plenty of lean protein to stay fuller for longer. It could also be worth considering the ketogenic diet – where fat, not sugar, becomes the body’s primary source of energy.

Take an adaptogen: These super-supplements could help balance your levels of stress hormone cortisol (and thus your blood sugar). Look into ginseng, holy basil and ashwagandha.

Get moving: Regular exercise can help the body remove sugar from the blood stream and instead move it to the tissues and muscles where it can be used as fuel.

Wholistic Holy Basil, £16.95 | Pukka

7 Day Sugar Detox Kit, £7 | Viridian

Ashwagandha Plus, £19.50 | Wild Nutrition

 

 

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