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21 Signs Showing That Your Blood Sugar Is Very High

High blood sugar—hyperglycemia—occurs when the level of glucose (i.e. sugar) in your blood becomes elevated.

We get our glucose from food, and most foods we eat impact our blood sugar in one way or another, certified dietitian-nutritionist Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., CEO of NY Nutrition Group, tells SELF. That includes foods that are higher in carbohydrates and sugar, yet lower in fat and fiber, such as baked goods, white-flour breads, soda, and candy, she says.

“This is also the case with foods high in added sugar, including desserts, candy, sweetened yogurts, ice cream, granola bars, certain breakfast cereals, and sugar-sweetened beverages,” Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells SELF.

luckily, high blood glucose isn’t something most of us have to worry about. “Our body is pretty resilient to controlling blood sugar levels, especially when they’re high,” Deena Adimoolam, M.D., assistant professor of endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells SELF.

Patient was instructed by the nurse practitioner on how lifestyle and daily routine can affect blood sugar levels Type of food: food is made up of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Although all three can increase blood sugar, carbohydrates have the biggest impact.

Normally when you eat something sugary or carb-filled, your pancreas makes insulin, a hormone that your body needs to process glucose. Any glucose that’s leftover is stored in your liver to make sure that it’s not hanging around in your blood. And, Dr. Adimoolam says, this system works pretty darn well in non-diabetic healthy adults. “A normal person who has no problem with their ability to control blood glucose range should never become significantly hyperglycemic,” she says.

If you’ve developed insulin resistance or have diabetes, however, your body isn’t as great at producing the insulin you need to process glucose, which means you’re more at risk for having blood glucose levels that are dangerously high, in this case

Some of the effects of high blood sugar or the early signs that your blood sugar is too high include:


Feeling overly tired, weak, or fatigued are non-specific symptoms and may also be signs of low blood sugar, Dr. Adimoolam says. But it’s important to get any fatigue checked out that doesn’t go away with adequate rest.