There are early signs that can show that the levels of the blood sugar are elevated.  When we hear people discussing high blood sugar levels, the first thing most of us think of is diabetes.

Diabetes is an extremely serious condition but long before someone is diagnosed with it, their body will show signs that their blood sugar levels are too high. By educating ourselves on these signs of high blood sugar, we can avoid causing irreversible damage to our bodies.

The consumption of glucose through our diet is the most likely cause of elevated sugar levels. Glucose is distributed to every cell in the body and is an essential nutrient (in the right sized doses). However, when the levels of glucose become too high for too long, serious damage is caused to your kidneys, blood vessels, nerves, and eyes.

With processed and artificial food making up a significant portion of many people’s diet, the number of people suffering from high blood sugar is increasing.

The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to begin reading the signs.

Signs of High Blood Sugar:

Many of the symptoms on this list are often overlooked as signs that you are feeling ‘a little under the weather’ and that they will pass naturally. The reality is that your body is warning you that there is a chemical imbalance that needs rectifying. So keep an eye out for these symptoms:

1. Frequent urination and urination during the night

2. Blurred vision

3. Difficulty concentrating

4. Dry mouth

5. Impotence

6. Recurrent infections

7. Slow healing of cuts and wounds

8. Stomach problems

9. Constant fatigue or extreme tiredness

10. Increased thirst

11. Dry and itchy skin

12. Constant hunger

13. Excess abdominal fat/weight gain

14. Nerve problems

If blood sugar is a concern, there is the Glycemic Index (GI), which indicates the number of carbohydrates in food products, in order to highlight those foods to avoid and which to eat.

The GI measures food from 0-100, based on a system of the lower the number, the lower the glucose content.

Three high sugar foods to avoid:

1. One slice of white bread – GI score 70

2. Rice cake – GI score 78

3. Baked potato – GI score 85