Over 100 million Americans have to manage their blood glucose levels. Controlling these numbers and levels can mean the difference between caring for your body and letting your health slip away from you.
What are some factors that affect your levels?
Many things contribute to elevated blood glucose levels. Consider the following foods and drinks that elevate your levels and how they might worsen your condition if you do not control them.
Your blood levels tend to decrease when you consume alcohol, which can have a direct effect on your glucose levels. When the liver breaks down the alcohol, the glucose levels are then lowered, making your blood sugar drop as well.
Although caffeine does not seem harmful, it can actually increase your system‘s resistance to insulin, which can affect your diabetes. The adrenaline in your system is also triggered to be released, causing different imbalances.
You can trace spikes of your blood glucose levels to sources like fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Fatty foods can increase your overall resistance to insulin, and this could force you to increase the insulin in your system. Proteins too can affect your glucose levels by increasing the amount when not consumed with carbohydrates. Carbs have an extreme effect on your blood glucose, causing rapid spikes in foods with a higher glycemic index.
When it comes to medication, take extra care with dosage and timing. Double check everything, and talk to your doctor about when is best to take your medicine and whether it should be done before or after a meal. Checking your blood sugar levels can also help with controlling your medication intake.
Tips for maintaining your levels
Try to avoid exercising on an empty stomach. Particularly, you should not consume full meals before going on a run. However, consuming fast-acting carbs and taking a snack with you can help you keep your levels where they should be.
Always take a look at your blood sugar. If you do a long workout, then you should check your blood sugar every half-hour. Keeping track before and after the activity can also help when talking numbers and other specifics with your doctor, especially in regards to dosage.
Environmental factors that affect your levels
Keep your insulin and other medication up to date, and always check to see whether or not you are using the required dosage. These factors can help you control your condition and help establish good health habits.
It is extremely important that your medication for diabetes and your insulin are also stored in the right places. It is easy to forget about storing medicine in the right temperature, but temperature is particularly important for insulin, because the proteins can spoil if the medicine gets too warm. Keep your insulin between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit.
Also, check how your medication looks based on color and cloudiness. If you notice a change, then consult your doctor immediately.
Biological factors that affect your levels
Although you might have control about some things mentioned above like your diet, exercise, medication control, and even altitude, there are certain biological factors that can prove difficult to avoid.
Your allergies can play a part in relation to a spike in blood glucose levels. Patients have noticed that when their allergies were acting up, their numbers acted up as well. Your stress levels can also affect the amount of glucose traveling from the liver to the rest of your body. This will mean your body will need more insulin, which can then lead to changes in mood, an increase in anxiety, and a show of nervousness.
Your sleeping cycle will also affect how your body acts in relation to glucose. In fact, it has a direct effect on your glucose levels. Not only does this mean that the less sleep you have, the more insulin you will need, but it also means that sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, an increase in your intake of food, a rise in insulin resistance, and overall, a not-so-sufficient diabetes control.
Your health also plays a part in diabetes control. If you are sick, then your body may release chemicals that trigger a liver response which produces and releases more and more glucose. This will reduce your sugar levels, requiring more insulin in the process. Try and stay as healthy as you can!
For more information
Take action that benefits your health and future. For more information about controlling your blood glucose levels, contact MississippiCare today at (866) 608-1834 to speak with a healthcare professional.