Blood sugar can be a tricky beast to manage, but if you have diabetes, then you understand the importance of checking your blood sugar regularly.
While checking your blood sugar levels can be a pain, there is an upside to all of that constant monitoring. In some cases, your blood sugar levels can let you in on important inside information on your health and can alert you to things that would otherwise go unnoticed.
What this means in short: your blood sugar levels are kind of like a code. If you know how to interpret it, you can use those levels to get insider information about your health. Pretty cool, really!
Read on to see what your blood sugar levels can tell you.
Let You Know When You’re Getting Sick
In some cases, your blood sugar can let you know when you’re getting sick. High blood sugar levels can be a sign of an impending illness. Trudy Schoepko of Albuquerque, N.M. discovered that her blood sugars were in the 190s – very high. Just days later, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. Schoepko appreciates the fact that her levels indicate when her body may be stressed or under pressure. “It's a wonderful feedback loop to regulate what I do,” she says.
Show You That You’re Stressed: Tell You to Slow Down
High blood sugar levels can indicate a high level of stress and can be a sign that it’s time to take it easy and slow down. If your levels are higher and you feel under pressure, it’s important to make changes. Try to lower your stress level by eliminating unnecessary stresses in your life or consider looking into stress reduction techniques.
Tell You What You Should Eat Instead
Since your blood sugar is affected by what you eat, your levels can tell you what you should be eating. Contrary to popular misconceptions, overdoing it on cake isn’t the only thing that can cause your blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Even complex carbohydrates like rice or corn can also cause your levels to go up. Testing after meals is the best way to tell which foods affect you the most. If your levels are super high after eating certain foods, you may want to try to eat different foods instead.
While consistently monitoring your blood sugar can be a chore, by keeping up with it, you can stay aware of important facts about your health. Being informed is keeping you healthy!