Symptoms of Diabetes

Too many highs and lows?

Difficulties for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes have to manage high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). The highs and lows can affect your day-to-day life in many ways, from your energy level to having mood swings. Being aware of the symptoms of high and low blood sugar levels is essential for you and your family members in order to prevent medical emergencies.

Diabetes Symptoms

Symptoms of high blood sugar levels (Hyperglycemia)

High Blood Sugar Levels

This can happen when you eat too much and don’t have enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar. Stress, such as a cold or virus, can be a culprit as well. The symptoms of high blood sugar include:

  • Urinating oftenUrinating often
  • Feeling nauseatedFeeling nauseated
  • Extreme hunger or thirstExtreme hunger or thirst
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness
  • Blurred visionBlurred vision
Diabetes Symptoms

Symptoms of low blood sugar levels (Hypoglycemia)

Low Blood Sugar Levels

Along with not eating enough carbohydrates, having too much insulin in your body or exercising too much can cause your blood sugar to drop. The symptoms of low blood sugar include:

  • ShakingShaking
  • AnxietyAnxiety
  • Weakness and tirednessWeakness and tiredness
  • Fast heartbeatFast heartbeat
  • DizzinessDizziness
  • IrritabilityIrritability
  • SweatingSweating
  • Extreme hungerExtreme hunger

Most cases of high or low blood sugar levels can be managed at home by following your doctor’s instructions. Checking your blood sugar regularly with a blood glucose meter can help you keep it in your target rangeand make corrections, if needed.

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