Anything in excess or in scarcity than the required quantity is dangerous to our health, be it love or sugar. Our body needs everything in perfect limits, neither less nor more. Similarly, our blood sugar should also be within its optimum range. Before proceeding further to know the need to control blood sugar, let us learn what blood sugar is.
When we intake food, especially carbohydrates in our diet, it breaks down to form glucose or blood sugar in simple terms. This blood sugar is the primary source of energy to our body to perform all functions Too less or too much of blood sugar is unhealthy and is likely to cause sickness and have adverse consequences on our health. Too low blood sugar starves your body of energy and it causes hypoglycemia while too high blood sugar on a regular basis resists the impact of insulin and will not be able to serve as the energy source causing hyperglycemia. The body is designed to maintain a certain level of blood glucose at all times. When this is not possible due to inappropriate lifestyle, blood sugar levels rise, causing Type 2 diabetes.
To avoid long-term health issues related to sugar levels, it is very important to manage weight and lead a healthy life by being active and eating balanced, nutritious meals. Keeping a check on our blood sugar levels not only circumvents diabetes but also protects and keeps us shielded from various other health disorders. Most often high blood sugar is only associated with diabetes but, if left unattended can lead to further, more serious complications and damage to other organs.
These are some of the major problems and health complications that can occur due to unattended and uncontrolled blood sugar levels
1.Damage of important organs like the heart, kidneys and nerves.
2.It can cause vision defects and even blindness
3.Foot ulcers, infections and amputations
4.Strokes and peripheral vascular disease
5.Painful and weak nervous system
6.Damage to small and large blood vessels
7.Gastroparesis: issue with appropriate emptying stomach
8.If hyperglycemia is left untreated it leads to ketoacidosis also known as diabetic coma. Its symptoms are shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, dry mouth and stomach pain.
9. Dehydration can occur if hyperglycemia persists for too long.
10.Diabetes mellitus could be even life-threatening
11.Though it used to be uncommon for young adults to develop Type 2 diabetes, changes in lifestyle and consumption of too many processed foods these days are causing many to become diabetic.
Are you scared? Please do not be. Keeping your blood sugar level within safe limits can be challenging at the start but can be blended with your daily schedule with some simple and effective habits. Exercising regularly, controlling body weight and following good eating practices can help you keep optimum blood sugar levels. Make healthy living habits a priority. We can enjoy the sweetness only in the optimum range.