Let’s face it, we all hate needles. Nobody wants to check their blood sugar every day, let alone multiple times per day. But the truth is that monitoring your blood sugar levels is incredibly important for managing diabetes and ensuring you stay healthy. So how do you know what constitutes “normal” levels? And when should you start to worry? In this hilarious article, we’ll take a closer look at how dangerous high and low blood sugars actually are.
The Basics of Blood Sugar
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details of what exactly constitutes a dangerous level of glucose (or in common terms – ‘blood sugar’), let’s first establish what normal ranges are:
- Fasting: Less than 100 mg/dL
- Two hours after eating: Less than 140 mg/dL
- Non-diabetic: less than 5.7%
- Pre-diabetic: between 5.7% and 6.4%
- Diabetic: 6.5% or higher
So now that we’ve got some numbers out there, why does any of this even matter?
Our bodies rely on glucose to provide energy for our cells, organs and muscles–and pretty much everything else! However… like with most things in life–it’s not good when there’s too little (low) or too much(high). When your body is operating as designed & at full capacity …..insulin step up ,in order to decrease circulating blood glucose …because High glucose levels can eventually lead to serious health problems down the line particularly if they remain unaddressed over time.
Low Blood Sugar Levels
Let me paint an image in your head…. Imagine walking around feeling dizzy….sweaty… Confused…like Austin Powers trying find his balance—this ladies & gentlemen is what a low blood sugar looks like!
So how do we determine if your blood sugar levels are too low? Absolutely ___simple__, there are certain telltale symptoms that can indicate an issue. Common symptoms at this point include confusion, sweating, shakiness and possibly losing consciousness.
- Mild Hypoglycemia (slightly low) : 60–70 mg/dL
- Symptoms: Slight dizziness/sweating
- Moderate Hypoglycemia(notoriously surging in IBS long haulers): 40–45mg/dL
- Symptoms: Difficulty speaking/walking/confusion or irritability (watch it ladies)
Severe Hypoglycemia Don’t let the name fool you…sever means seriously problematic! Less than approximately 25 mg/dL/l
symtpms could be seizure/convulsions , unconsciousness or your new roommate becoming a trained ICU nurse (Joking on this last one but in all honesty beware of home remedies aka monitor closely ).
Fun fact —-> If you were looking to enter into a space-cadet hallucination show…teetering along with severely lowered glucose levels is NOT recommended! Let’s Avoid them altogether.
High Blood Sugar Levels
It might feel great to dive fork first into some spaghetti alla carbonara but enjoy..in moderation otherwise get ready for high-blood sugars complications galore!
Anyone that frequents Netflix will know about ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ but did you know high-blood sugars’ gambit with people who suffer from diabetes— not so queen-like?. Indeed these dangerously elevated glucose readings(technically >___140 mg/Dl…)can cause serious trouble down the road. But what constitutes “dangerous”?
Like there isn’t enough complicated stuff going on already– But don’t worry rumble still hasn’t reached boiling point yet! When things start to go south in people with diabetes, it’s usually because they’re experiencing “hyperglycemia,” which means that their blood sugar levels are too high. The tell tale signs include excessive thirst, frequent urination , blurring of vision and possibly headaches
- Mild Hyperglycemia (slightly high) : 200–250mg/dL
- Symptoms: Fatigue
- Moderate Hyperglycemia(notoriously reigning after Thanksgiving dinner): 300–400 mg/dL
- Symptoms: Nausea , blurred vision
- Severe Hyperglycemia/ Ketoacidosis(technically more than ≈600mg/dL):
- Symptoms could be really dangerous–such as confusion..stupor..difficulty breathing or coma (just avoid please)
As you can see High blood sugars is no joke…they preach about getting the right amount of sleep at night but these dangerously elevated glucose readings aren’t joking around either….seriously take action.
The good news? You have control over your blood sugar levels. Well…mostly-so keep those regular check-ins and consults with [your doctor] here and there . It’s an opportunity to identify any possible trouble areas AND makes sure everything still going smoothly down the line enabling you seem less tired than usual so don’t forget —–__Modesty aside_, we’re all human…No one’s perfect! So if for some reason your numbers are out of whack don’t beat yourself up too much—knock it out & fix’em!.
In conclusion, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way when trying to prevent issues related to diabetes–go ahead an rock those smoothies knowing exactly what lying beneath BUT eating half a cake?— probably not the best idea….at least not on a daily basis 😉
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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