In fact, half of the American adults in the U.S. have prediabetes or full-blown diabetes. One out of two Americans has blood sugar problems, which can easily turn into diabetes. Although this phenomenon is common in the U.S., that doesn’t make it normal. Most of these blood sugar problems occur due to insulin resistance. Your body needs glucose for energy, especially your brain. Insulin is needed for glucose to enter the cells to provide energy. When insulin resistance occurs, your cells fail to respond normally to insulin because of toxins or inflammation. Such a pathological condition can lead to diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart attack.
If you suffer from diabetes or have prediabetes, extremely high blood sugar levels can lead to a life-threatening condition which is called hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome (HHNS). You’ll experience frequent urination at first, and then your urine may become dark and you could become critically dehydrated.
Signs of blood sugar problems
Here is a list of 11 most common signs of blood sugar problems and diabetes that require a visit to the doctor:
- Frequent urination
- Constant sugar cravings
- Increased thirst
- Weakness and fatigue
- Coffee craving
- Low sex drive
- Blurry vision
- Mood swings
- Difficulty losing weight
- Memory problems
- Abdominal weight gain
- Foot ulcers
Up to ten percent of people with diabetes will experience foot ulcers that occur due to diabetic neuropathy, that is, nerve damage. With this condition, you may not feel heat or cold in your feet. Therefore, if you notice foot ulcers, turn to a foot doctor in order to determine the cause of ulcers.
How to improve blood sugar balance?
1. Add spices to your dishes
A bioflavonoid called proanthocyanidin which is contained in cinnamon may improve the insulin-signaling activity in our fat cells and may be extremely helpful in diabetes management. Cinnamon can also reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people with type two diabetes.
2. Keep your gut healthy
Bowel health and blood sugar levels are directly connected. The metabolic disease can affect the gastrointestinal system and an unhealthy gut can cause blood sugar problems. According to research, the transplant of the microbiota of diabetic mice into healthy mice made them diabetic as well. Therefore, it’s important to control gut health to avoid such disorders as leaky gut and candida overgrowth since they’re linked to diabetes.
3. Increase your chromium levels
Low chromium can cause low HDL levels which result in insulin resistance and an increase in triglycerides. According to studies, chromium supplements can improve receptor function. Foods that contain a lot of chromium include:
- Grape juice
- Red wine
- Turkey breast
- Green beans
- English muffin
4. Get more vitamin D
According to one study, vitamin D supplements decreased body fat in participants by seven percent. Additionally, low vitamin D levels are also associated with metabolic syndrome. The normal range to aim for is 60 to 80 ng/mL.
5. Eat more healthy fats
Unsaturated fats are called healthy fats and they normalize cholesterol levels, lower the risk of stroke and heart disease, and lower blood pressure, therefore, they are essential for maintaining overall health and preventing diabetes as well as controlling blood sugar. Healthy fats are found in avocados, dark chocolate, cheese, full-fat yogurt, chia seeds, whole eggs, olive oil, walnuts, tofu, and fatty fish.
Moreover, fatty fish contain essential omega-3 fatty acids which lower the risk of heart disorders and stroke and convert harmful lipoproteins which are associated with diabetes into low-density lipoproteins.