14 Symptoms of High Blood Sugar and Which Foods Reduce It
Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, doesn’t necessarily have to mean you have diabetes. It is just one indicator (or symptom) of having diabetes.
High blood sugar by itself can also cause complications though, even if those aren’t necessarily ones which lead to diabetes. Which is why it’s always a good thing to be able to spot hyperglycemia early on and reverse it.
There are many ways to spot high blood sugar, and we’d like to give you 14 of the most common signs of high blood glucose.
- Feeling an unquenchable thirst throughout the entire day
- Nerve issues
- Recurring infections
- The slow healing of wounds and cuts
- Constantly dry mouth
- A frequent need to urinate, and this particularly during the nighttime
- Feeling fatigued on a regular basis
- Feeling a constant, unsatiated and unexplainable hunger
- Itchy and dry skin
- Too much abdominal fat and weight gain
- Blurry vision
- An inability to stay focused
- Discomfort in your stomach
But don’t fret if you recognize yourself in these symptoms. Even if it turns out you do have high blood sugar, it doesn’t mean you are also diabetic (though admittedly, it is one of the symptoms).
Here is how to reduce any high blood sugar signs using a food list based on the glycemic index.
GI Food List
You may have heard that the glycemic index (GI) is a type of scale where carbs are classified based on the level at which they raise one’s blood glucose levels aka their glycemic response.
The scale ranges from 0-100, the higher the food is on the list, the more it brings one’s blood sugars to spike. And, of course, this goes both ways: the lower it is, the healthier and safer it is to eat.
High glycemic foods which are best-avoided range from 70 and anything above this number. Some common examples are rice cakes, white bread, popcorn, corn flakes, glazed donuts and baked potatoes.
Up next, we have those who belong to the moderate glycemic group. These foods are all right to eat, albeit best to do so in moderation. Their number ranges from 55-69. Such foods are, for instance, brown rice, oatmeal, honey, mac and cheese, pita bread and white rice.
Now comes the best group of them all, the foods which lank lowest on the GI scale and those which one should ideally consume most of.
They range from 0-54, and don’t worry, there are plenty such foods, so you will never be at a shortage of choice on what to eat when it comes to lowering your high blood glucose.
Some of the most popular examples include: hummus, yellow onions, eggs, broccoli, grapefruit, walnuts, cherries, cashews, butter beans, apples, kidney beans, spaghetti, tomato juice, oranges, bananas, carrots, green grapes, peas, pineapple juice, turkey sausages and many more!
Consume more of these foods, and you’ll be reducing your blood sugar levels in no time. Stay healthy, dear readers.