What you Need to Know about Blood Sugar Levels
13-12-2017 | Posted By: Anirudh Singh | 498 View(s)
Blood Sugar Levels is something which is really dreaded by those suffering from diabetes or nearly diabetes.So it is very important to understand as to what the Blood sugar levels indicate and the repercussions which they can have on our body.
There are several factors which impact Blood Sugar Levels and as such need to be monitored carefully.Keeping the Blood sugar levels within the Desired range should be a top priority.The symptoms of high Blood sugar can vary from person to person, and some of the general symptoms are as under
Symptoms of High Blood Sugar Levels in the Body :
-Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
Causes for Increase in Blood Sugar Levels :
-Skip or forget your insulin or oral glucose-lowering medicine
-High Intake of carbohydrates
-Have an infection
-Suffering from Illness
-Less than the Desired level of Physical Activity
-Also indulging in excessive physical activity, especially when your blood sugar levels are high and insulin levels are low
Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
Fasting Blood Sugar levels are taken before eating anything in the morning and for those on medication can indicate the effectiveness of medicines in controlling sugar levels during night time.
The desirable range for a Healthy Level is between 80-110mg/dl while a level of 111-125mg/dl is a cause for concern and if not corrected can lead to a person becoming Diabetic.Needless to mention anything over and above 125 is a cause of deep concern and effective measures should be taken immediately to keep the levels under control or else it can lead to complications in the body.
Post Meal Blood Sugar Levels
Post Meal Blood Sugar Levels are usually taken two hours after having a meal to find out how blood sugar levels react to the food being consumed.Ideally, a target of 120-140 dl/mg is considered healthy.Between 140-200 is something which needs correction and over 200 is a cause for concern and requires changes in diet and need to go in for medication.
Testing these levels on a day to day basis can at times lead to misleading results so the best way to get the sugar levels tested is to go in for an HbA1c test which indicates the blood sugar levels over a period of Three months and is a more reliable indicator to assess Blood Sugar Levels.An HbAic level of less than six percent is considered optimum.Anything up to seven percent needs correction and above eight percent indicates an immediate need for medical intervention.The test is a fairly simple one, and if done in the morning hours, Reports are usually available by evening.
High levels of Sugar slowly erode the ability of the cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. The organ overcompensates resulting in insulin levels staying too high which can damage the Pancreas over time.High levels of sugar can also cause changes that lead to a hardening of the blood vessels, which is known as atherosclerosis
So it is extremely important to keep monitoring the blood Sugar levels of the body especially once you hit the age of 40.Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help in keeping a lot of troubles at bay and can help in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Those suffering from any of the symptoms should Consult a Doctor and go in for a Blood Sugar Test if so required.