Conditions that make our blood sugar levels rise you may not know
Sunburn, any pain or stress on the body, will cause increased blood sugar levels.
Artificial sweeteners they contain carbs from starches. Check the total carbohydrates on the Nutrition Facts label before using them. Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol add sweetness with fewer carbs than sugar (sucrose), but they may still have enough to boost your levels.
Chronic stress, Overwhelmed or unhappy? When you are under constant pressure, your body releases hormones that can make your blood sugar rise. Challenging family, work or social environment can directly impact blood sugars. Remember it’s your life, you get to choose whom you spend it with, distance yourself from the stress, get a different job, move or do what it takes to have the best possible chance to a great life.
Caffeine, Your blood sugar can rise after you have coffee, black tea, green tea, and energy drinks, even without sweeteners. Each person reacts to foods and drinks differently, so it’s best to keep track of your responses.
High-fat foods, such as Chinese food, pizza, french fries, and fatty foods that have a lot of carbs and fat. Check your blood sugar about 2 hours after you eat to know how food affects you, keep a journal.
Sports drinks, they’re made to help you replenish fluids quickly. That’s the sales pitch. They often have as much sugar as soda. Stick to filtered water.
The untreated or ignored celiac disease leads to a damaged small intestine, which can increase the risk of hypoglycemia because the small intestine may no longer be able to absorb nutrients properly and results in uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
Fluctuation in exercise, more commonly in a considerable shift to high or low activity, will have an impact on your blood sugar readings. It’s best to stay consistent with exercise. One hundred fifty minutes of moderate-intensity a week is the sweet spot. Plan out your week, or month in advance, and stick to it. But if you decide to run a marathon or something stressful on the body, monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
Steroids and water pills, if you take corticosteroids, such as prednisone, to treat rashes, arthritis, asthma, and many other conditions, keep an eye on your blood sugar levels they may swing. Both of these can boost your blood sugar. Some antidepressants can also raise or lower blood sugar.
Dried fruits, be aware that dried fruit is fructose, and due to dehydration, they are smaller and pack more carbohydrates in a smaller serving size. Best to avoid all of them, including raisins.
Birth control, with estrogen, can affect the way your body handles insulin. The American Diabetes Association suggests a combination pill with norgestimate and synthetic estrogen.
Hormones, specifically for women, any hormone swings, so does our blood sugar. Keep a monthly record of your levels to get a better idea of how your menstrual cycle affects you. Hormone changes during menopause may make blood sugar even harder to control.
Losing sleep, even just one night of too little sleep, can throw off your body and use insulin less efficiently. Check your fasted blood sugar levels every single morning just before that first meal within 20 minutes of waking up.
Hot weather, heat makes your blood sugar harder to control. You should test it often and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Alcohol, contain plenty of empty carbs, and calories resulting in spikes in your blood sugar, is it worth it? Alcohol also stimulates your appetite, lessens your ability to make good choices, which can cause you to overeat and may affect your blood sugar even greater. If you choose to drink, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your blood glucose and perhaps test a little more regularly than you usually would.
Skipping breakfast, going without that morning meal, remember to eat within 20 minutes of waking up. Otherwise, it can increase blood sugar after both lunch and dinner.
Dawn phenomenon, it’s common to have had an increase in hormones early in the morning, typically the hours between 2 am, and 8 am, resulting in abnormal blood sugar readings.
Smoking, you’re more likely to have trouble finding the right dose of insulin and controlling your blood sugar. Smoking makes it harder to keep your blood sugar levels down.
Dehydration, even a little bit, results in less water in your body means a higher blood sugar concentration and higher readings.
Bad colds, your blood sugar rises as your body works to fight off any illness. Keep hydrated, drink water consistently. Be aware that some medicines, such as antibiotics and the decongestants that can clear your sinuses, can affect your blood sugar nose spray, for instance, and the chemicals can trigger your liver to make more blood sugar. Cold medicines commonly have sugar or alcohol in them, check the labels, or better yet ask your pharmacist about the possible effects of over-the-counter meds before you buy them.
Dental health, any infections can have an impact on the control of your blood sugar levels, but not taking care of your dental hygiene is one that is common to cause high blood sugar readings.
Last meal size, eating a sizeable late-night dinner, no matter what’s in it, often results in high overnight blood sugars. The opposite is also true: a lighter quality balanced meal improves fasting morning numbers.
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