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Keep It in Check

Posted on January 9, 2019

If you are living with type 1 diabetes, you know how much time it takes to manage your blood sugar: checking the levels, making adjustments and monitoring many times a day. It is a necessary but daunting process. But, it beats the alternative – uncontrolled blood sugar can be dangerous and leave you at risk of severe health complications. Learn about the dangers of uncontrolled blood sugar in this blog from Park Avenue Stem Cell.

What Does Uncontrolled Blood Sugar Mean?

Since type 1 diabetes causes the pancreas to underproduce or stop producing insulin altogether, glucose is blocked from entering the cells to give them energy. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia.

What Does High Blood Sugar Feel Like?

When high blood sugar persists, it can lead to health problems. Symptoms of high blood sugar include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Increased urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Fatigue
  • Numb feet, tingling feet or a feeling of “pins and needles”
  • Skin issues, such as cracks and infections
  • Cuts that do not heal easily

If you experience any of these symptoms, let your doctor know right away.

If blood sugar gets dangerously high, a potentially life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis can develop. Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Flushed skin
  • Breath that smells “fruity”
  • High ketone levels in your urine
  • Confusion

Diabetic ketoacidosis can cause the blood to become more acidic, which can damage organs and tissues.

How Can Blood Sugar Be Controlled?

In addition to regular monitoring and using insulin to help keep levels in check, there are some other ways to help keep blood sugar under control.

Some of these include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in fiber and limited in carbohydrates
  • Drinking enough water (half your body weight in ounces)
  • Reducing your stress levels
  • Visiting your doctor regularly

Living with type 1 diabetes? Learn how your personal cells may help. Call us today at 888-386-4751 to schedule a consultation.

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