Author: Peter Geisheker
Your blood sugar level is important in the state of your overall health. Your energy level, and even certain organs rely on a proper glucose level to perform at their best. While not all problems are diabetes-related, many blood sugar problems can be linked to diabetes.
Checking your blood sugar is one of the most accurate tests in determining whether or not you have diabetes. A high glucose level is a strong sign, and many doctors will use that high glucose level to diagnose you and determine treatment.
But how do you know you need to be tested? Many diabetics show few symptoms, especially early on. But there are some signs that you need to be aware of in determining whether or not you should see the doctor for a glucose test:
1. Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition where your blood has abnormally low levels of blood sugar in your system. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, sweating, shaking, chills, and confusion.
2. Hyperglycemia. As you may be able to guess, hyperglycemia is, then, where your blood has abnormally high levels of blood sugar in your system. Symptoms of hyperglycemia include frequent thirst and urination, sleepiness, and blurred vision.
3. Increased risk. Sometimes your warning signs may not be symptoms at all. There are certain factors that may put you at increased risk for diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, are considered overweight, or you are over the age of 40, you are considered to be at an increased risk of being diabetic.
Now, what about those of you who already have been diagnosed with diabetes? You are certainly aware that you need to be mindful of your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. Depending on your condition, you may be checking your blood once a day, or even several times a day.
There are certainly times, however, when you need to increase the frequency of your own blood sugar monitoring tests. Certain factors or changes in your lifestyle can bring the risk for more problems if your blood sugar levels change without being treated. These are some signs that you may need to bring to the attention of your doctor and monitor carefully:
1. You've changed your diabetes medicine.
2. You've made a big change to your diet.
3. You've begun taking other kinds of medicines.
4. There's been a drastic change to your activity level or exercise frequency.
5. You are dealing with a recent increase in stress.
6. You are sick.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, watch your blood sugar levels closely, and keep a record of them. Bring any changes to the attention of your doctor so that you can properly deal with the problem, if necessary.
Whether you are currently a diabetic or not, your blood glucose levels are important in determining your health. If you show any signs that you may need to get your blood checked, or checked more often, take action as soon as possible.
Peter Geisheker is the CEO of the Independent Pharmacy Marketing Group http://www.pharmacymarketinggroup.com. For more information on Diabetes and controlling high blood sugar visit http://www.santalsolutions.com