Dangerous Blood Sugar Levels
Many people who are diagnosed with diabetes know little about the disease other than they have to limit their sugar and simple carbohydrate intake, take medication, increase their exercise, and possibly lose weight in order to get their blood sugar levels under control. However, once you are diagnosed with this disease the more you can learn about it the better able you will be to get your sugar under control and help yourself stay as healthy as possible.
One of the first things that most diabetics want to know is what is considered dangerous blood sugar levels. A search on the net will tell you that anything above 200 mg/dl is dangerous. However, since even a slight elevation in your blood glucose levels can result in eventual eye problems, heart disease, and other severe complication then any blood glucose sugar levels higher than normal should be considered dangerous and diabetics should strive to keep their blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
Acceptable fasting blood sugar levels for diabetics (after 8 hours without food) ranges between 90-130 mg/dl while normal blood sugar fasting levels are between 80-100 mg.dl.
However, diabetics don't just need to be concerned about dangerous blood sugar levels from high blood sugar. They also need to be concerned when their blood glucose levels fall too low. Less than 40 mg/dl is always considered to be dangerous however, anytime you begin experiencing shaking, nausea, sweating, and heart palpation you are generally suffering from low blood sugar and immediately need to check your sugar levels and then eat something to bring those levels up if they are low in order to avoid coma and even death.
While it will take some time to get those blood sugar levels under control and stable the best way to do this and avoid those dangerous blood sugar levels is by monitoring your sugar levels throughout the day, eating a healthy diet, eating more often and smaller meals, getting more exercise, maintaining proper weight and avoiding as much stress as possible.
Since high blood pressure and heart disease is often associated with diabetes limiting your sodium intake and saturated fats should also be part of a diabetic diet. Instead try eating plenty of whole grains, and colorful fruits and vegetables. In order to keep your glucose levels more stable try eating much smaller meals 5 or 6 times a day about 3 hours a part. This will allow your body to have the carbohydrates it needs to produce fuel without increasing insulin production which is the cause of sugar spikes.
Studies have also shown that even exercise as little as 10 minutes three times a day can help to lower your blood glucose levels as can dropping weight. Even if you are several pounds overweight and have difficulty dieting losing as little as 5% to 10% of that weight can help you to lower your sugar levels. Which means even if you are only taking off one pound a month you helping yourself stay healthy.
Diabetes is a difficult disease but, it can be treated. Being proactive in your own care is the best way to get and keep this disease under control.
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