Blood Sugar Levels, Hyperglycemia & Hypoglycemia

Diabetics today have the ability to keep tighter control of their diabetes with the help of Blood Sugar Monitors. Monitors have the ability to read a sample of blood taken from a fingertip and in just 5-10 seconds provide a blood sugar level (BSL) reading. The diabetic who keeps control of their diabetes through diet, exercise and controled BSL will not experience hyperglycemia (highs) and hypoglycemia (lows) like diabetics who are out of control in their diets, lack of exercise and of course uncontrolled BSL. (Blood Sugar Levels are also called Blood Glucose Levels)

New diabetics will often experience the highs and lows of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, it may be the reason they seek medical attention in the first place, so it is important to know what is going on with their bodies when BSL are either to high or to low.

First it is important to realize that BSL may be affected by: Extreme heat, Stress, Exercise, Lack of Exercise and Illness. With these extras thrown into a diabetics daily life it is important to know the physical signs of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

HYPERGLYCEMIA: When Blood Sugar Levels Are Too High
Frequent urination
Increased thirst
Feeling tired or fatigued
Abdominal pain

HYPOGLYCEMIA: When Blood Sugar Levels Are Too Low
Shakiness
Dizziness
Sweating
Hunger
Headache
mood swings or behavior changes
Lack of attention or seems confused
Tingling sensations around the mouth
Seizures

Monitoring our blood sugar levels daily will help keep us, the diabetic patient in control and makes us part of our Personal Diabetic Health Team also knowing your blood sugar levels and the symptom of both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia will help aid both you and your team members if you find yourself experiencing any of the above physical signs. Remember if you have questions then contact your health care provider immediently.


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