What Happens When Your Blood Sugar Is Too High?

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Understanding Diabetes

This information describes diabetes, the complications related to the disease, and how you can prevent these complications. Blood Sugar Control Diabetes is a disease where the blood sugar runs too high, usually due to not enough insulin. It can cause terrible long-term complications if it is not treated properly. The most common serious complications are blindness ("retinopathy"), kidney failure requiring dependence on a dialysis machine to stay alive ("nephropathy"), and foot and leg amputations. The good news is that these complications can almost always be prevented if you keep your blood sugar near the normal range. The best way to keep blood sugar low is to eat a healthy diet and do regular exercise. Just 20 minutes of walking 4 or 5 times a week can do wonders for lowering blood sugar. Eating a healthy diet is also very important. Do your best to limit the number of calories you eat each day. Put smaller portions of food on your plate and eat more slowly so that your body has a chance to let you know when it's had enough to eat. It is also very important to limit saturated fats in your diet. Read food labels carefully to see which foods are high in saturated fats. Particular Continue reading >>

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  1. Jenny121

    How does high blood sugar make you feel?

    I feel nothing when I have a high number. In fact, I actually feel great. My brain is functioning and I have energy.
    I suffer more from low blood sugars which make me feel the opposite (awful).

  2. SweetKitty

    I can have quite a range when high from ZZzzzZzzz to buzzing around wired. Normally I am just wicked hungry. In fact when I am hungry I am normally over 200 under 200 and eating is just a life requirement.
    I can get pretty manic when my BG is very high down right nasty to joyful, could go either way when I slip over 400... these things happen...

  3. acbird

    Even in the 170-180 range, I'm very tired when my sugars are high. If I'm <150, then I don't notice any change even in an 85 vs a 145. I don't know of a true low blood sugar I've had, the lowest I've gotten on my meter was a 63, which was a fasting number and that felt fine to me.

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