Anyone can experience spikes in their blood sugar levels when they eat certain foods – and it’s not just candy, sodas and cakes that cause these spikes. The real danger is when your blood sugar levels stay high for extended
periods of time, which can lead to diabetes or cause other serious health problems. But, if you are familiar with the high blood sugar symptoms and recognize when you begin to experience them regularly, it can make you to take the needed steps to get your blood sugar under control.
Causes of high blood sugar symptoms:
- Poor diet
- Lack of regular exercise
- Certain health conditions
- Use of certain medications
High blood sugar is only a symptom of diabetes. An individual experiencing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) could have no symptoms at all. The most commonly-experienced high blood sugar symptoms are:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Always being hungry
- Frequent urination and/or urination during the night
- Dry and itchy skin
- Daily fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
- Recurrent infections
- Blurred vision
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Nerve problems
- Stomach problems
Replacing your intake of high GI foods with low and moderate GI foods is the first step to starting a low glycemic diet. The following table shows high, moderate and low GI values.
If you are looking to lose weight, trying to reverse high blood sugar symptoms, or you are seeking an overall healthful eating plan, using the GI is a good starting place to achieve your goals.But remember it’s all about quality which means you should also consider the nutrient content of foods.
Glycemic Index Food List for a few common foods:
Note: The above references represent averages for common foods. Since each individual’s body reacts differently to foods, the best way to truly tell how a food will affect you is to check your blood glucose levels two hours after eating it. However, the Glycemic Index Food List can be a good guide for you to make healthier food choices.