4 Causes of High Blood Sugar
Having diabetes means it’s crucial to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Poor control over time can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, and eye problems. Curious about what causes high blood sugar levels? When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I conducted tests to identify their triggers. Some results surprised me, while others confirmed my suspicions. Understanding the causes behind these frustrating spikes empowered me. Let’s explore four causes you may or may not be aware of.
1. Artificial sweeteners: Watch out for hidden carbs from starches! Always check the total carbohydrates on food labels before indulging, including those sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol, which can still cause blood sugar levels to spike.
2. Caffeine: Remember, that morning cup of joe or energy drink may affect your glucose levels. Experiment with self-testing to determine if caffeine is an issue for you. If your blood glucose spikes, consider cutting back or eliminating it altogether.
3. The dawn phenomenon: Ever wonder why your morning readings are high? It’s due to a surge in hormones in the early morning hours. This hormonal shift reduces insulin production and increases glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar. Discuss this with your doctor or diabetes educator for better understanding and potential solutions.
4. Lack of sleep: Even one restless night can throw off your blood glucose levels. Quality sleep is essential for bodily restoration. Chronic sleep deprivation can increase stress and impact blood glucose levels. If sleep troubles persist, consult your doctor for guidance on improving sleep quality.
Taking charge of your blood sugar levels is empowering. By studying your body’s responses and pinpointing triggers, you can better manage and control those frustrating spikes.