The effects of high blood sugar can be severe. When your body doesn’t get enough glucose, it produces more insulin to try to balance the levels out. This can lead to weight gain, heart disease, and other serious health problems. If you have diabetes or are at risk of developing it, make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains–not just sugar. For people with diabetes who also struggle with a lot of weight issues or other health challenges such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure:
Your blood sugar rises quickly.
Your blood sugar rises quickly. This is one of the most important things you can do to manage diabetes, no matter how much or how little sugar you eat.
Your body’s cells need glucose (sugar) for energy and growth, so when it doesn’t have enough glucose from food or drink, it produces insulin to get more from the pancreas where it stores this hormone in the form of glycogen (glycogenolysis). If there’s not enough insulin available at any given time, then these processes don’t happen properly and too much sugar enters your bloodstream which can cause a rapid spike in blood glucose levels — known as hyperglycemia — which can lead directly to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
You’re at risk of serious heart problems
If you have diabetes, your risk of heart disease is much higher than that of someone without the disease. The good news is that most people with diabetes will not develop heart failure or stroke. But there are other complications that can occur in patients with diabetes and these can lead to serious problems such as kidney failure or even death.
Your risk of these complications increases if you have any of the following factors:
- A history of cigarette smoking (more than 20 years)
- High blood pressure (280/139 mmHg or higher)
- High cholesterol levels (greater than 240 mg/dL)
Your mental focus may fall off
Loss of mental focus isn’t just something that happens with diabetes. It is a common issue for people with all types of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
The term “mental fogginess” was coined by Thomas Szasz in his book The Mythology of Mental Illness. He defines it as a feeling of “drowsiness or inability to concentrate.” It can also be caused by stress or fatigue, which makes sense considering that people who are bored tend to get more depressed than those who aren’t bored at all.
As far as memory loss goes: According to the Mayo Clinic website (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-supplements/expert-answers/diabetes/#sigProId0b3d9de2), there are two main types: long-term damage due to poor blood flow; short-term problems such as infections or high blood sugar levels that cause temporary memory loss due to increased inflammation in your brain tissue.”
You’re at risk of dental problems.
If you have diabetes and eat a lot of sugar, you’re at risk of dental problems. Sugar can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It also increases the risk of cavities, mouth sores, bad breath, and other oral health issues. Dental problems that can happen if you have diabetes and eat a lot of sugar.
This is the most common oral health problem that can happen if you have diabetes and eat a lot of sugar. When your blood glucose levels are high, your body releases more insulin than normal. This causes your cells to take up too much glucose from the bloodstream, leaving less for other uses like producing saliva and fighting bacteria in your mouth.
The result is that bacteria in your mouth have more glucose to feed on, which makes them grow and multiply. This can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Gum disease: If you have diabetes and eat a lot of sugar, it’s also likely that you’ll develop gum disease. This happens because high blood glucose levels cause an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria can then penetrate the tissues that hold teeth in place.
Diabetes makes it harder to keep your skin healthy
Diabetes can lead to skin problems. The most common type of skin problem seen in people with diabetes is acne. The reason for this, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD),
is that insulin production decreases when blood sugar levels rise. When you have high blood sugar, it causes your body not to use as much insulin–which then leads to
more fat being produced instead of used as fuel by cells in your body (such as those that produce enzymes). This build-up of fats causes an increase in sebum production and contributes to acne symptoms like blackheads and whiteheads.
Diabetes also causes dry skin because its effects on hormones like cortisol cause increased production of keratin in the outer layer of the epidermis; this makes it harder for moisture from sweat glands and oils from sebum glands to penetrate deeper into layers below where they’re needed most effectively for healing purposes.”
High blood sugar can lead to dehydration.
High blood sugar can lead to dehydration. When your body produces too much insulin,
it can cause dehydration by helping the liver remove water from your blood and kidneys.
Dehydration can also happen when you don’t drink enough fluids or eat enough food while you’re sick or recovering from surgery or other medical procedures (such as a kidney stone).
Dehydration is a common complication after surgery or other medical procedures. It can also be caused by drinking too little fluid,
being sick with diarrhea or vomiting, being on a low-sodium diet,
or exercising heavily without drinking enough fluids.
Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild dehydration may cause little or no symptoms, while severe dehydration can be life-threatening. If you experience any of these signs or symptoms of dehydration, seek medical attention right away:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Headache or muscle pain
The key takeaways from this article are:
Eating lots of sugar can make your blood sugar rise quickly, which increases the risk of serious heart problems. If you have diabetes,
it’s important to keep healthy eating habits and exercise routines so that your blood sugar doesn’t get too high.