Unless, you routinely measure your blood sugar levels at home, you may not even realize when your blood sugar is out of control. But there are several sneaky signs of high blood sugar and low blood sugar.
Because the warning signs that your blood sugar is out of control are not always obvious, I encourage my patients with type 1 diabetes and most of my patients with type 2 diabetes to check their numbers on some sort of schedule.
And self-monitoring your blood sugar levels empowers you with knowledge. You get tons of really important feedback about how food, exercise, medications and sleep affect your blood sugar numbers. This helps you to make changes based on real information and not on guesses. I listed several things that cause high blood sugar or low blood sugar in a previous post.
Are you familiar with these lesser knows symptoms of high and low blood sugar ?
4 Sneaky Signs that Your Blood Sugar is Out of Control
- You thrash around at night. Bad dreams and restless nights might actually be a sign that your blood sugar has dropped too low. If you take insulin or another medication that has hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as a side effect, a bad night in bed isn’t something to ignore. If your partner complains that you seemed to fight with your pillow, you need to check your blood sugar during the night. You may need a change in your medication dose or timing. Hypoglycemia isn’t something to ignore. Speak to your healthcare team right away.
- You’re exhausted. I am amazed that so many people walk around all day, every day with some level of fatigue that they accept as normal. So often, clients say something like “Wow, I never knew how lousy I felt until I started to feel better.” Of course, there are plenty of other reasons besides chronically high or up and down blood sugar levels that might have you dragging. None of them should be acceptable, so get to the bottom of it. Nightmares and fatigue are signals that your blood sugar might be out of control.Click To Tweet
- Your vision is blurry. High blood sugar might affect your eyes. If blood sugar levels stay high for a few days, fluid can seep into the lens of your eyes, causing them to swell and temporarily blur your vision. However, chronically high blood sugar levels can cause permanent damage to your eyes. For other reasons, blurry vision might also be a sign of low blood sugar.
- You can’t get enough to drink and you urinate a lot. Being extra thirsty and frequently trekking to the bathroom are common signs of diabetes and high blood sugar. When your blood sugar level climbs too high, some of the extra glucose is flushed out by the kidneys. All that extra urinating makes you extra thirsty. If you don’t drink enough, you can also become dehydrated.
These are just a few sneaky signs and symptoms of low or high blood sugar. If one of your diabetes medications can cause you to have hypoglycemia, you must learn all the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and the proper treatment.