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Oppstart oppfinner enhet som advarer deg når du spiser for mye sukker

Oppstart oppfinner enhet som advarer deg når du spiser for mye sukker

Spesielt i dag, når sukker gjemmer seg i selv de mest godartede produktene, kan du ønske at du hadde en skjerm på ermet-noe som bare fortalte når du skal legge ned gaffelen. Takket være en gruppe innovatører i Silicon Valley kan du snart ha tilgang til en enhet som gjør nettopp det.

Ashwin Pushpala, grunnleggeren av San Francisco-baserte helse- og teknologiske oppstart Sano, har jobbet med å lage dette verktøyet som vil spore blodsukkeret ditt kontinuerlig, og varsle deg om betydelige svingninger når det skjer. Ved å bruke enheten vil du kunne fortelle hvilke matvarer som sender blodsukkeret ditt over grensen og hvilke matvarer som hjelper til med å roe det ned.

Personer med diabetes overvåker glukosen regelmessig og stikker fingrene for å få regelmessige avlesninger. Disse planlagte innsjekkingene er kjedelige og ofte smertefulle-gjennomsnittlig diabetiker stikker fingre mellom 40 000 og 100 000 ganger i løpet av livet.

Men diabetikere er ikke de eneste som kan ha nytte av å vite når blodsukkeret er ute av tøff. Denne enheten kan også være et rimelig og enklere alternativ for å gi innsikt til personer uten diabetes.

I stedet for å måtte stikke fingeren igjen og igjen, kan du bare bruke denne enheten i stedet. Det ser ut som et lite selvklebende bandasje og festes til huden din med mange mindre nåler som ikke graver ned så dypt som en typisk fingerprikk.

Fitbit har investert i Sano for å fortsette forskningen på produktet. Ved å bruke avlesningene kan folk oppdage effekten av bestemte matvarer på blodsukkeret. Etter at de for eksempel har spist en kakeskive, kan de oppdage at glukosenivået ikke stiger som de trodde de ville. Etter å ha spist spaghetti, kan de se et stort hopp i antall.

Hver person reagerer på bestemte matvarer annerledes - derfor kan denne enheten vise seg å være veldig nyttig.

Du trenger imidlertid ikke nødvendigvis en enhet som denne for å stille inn om du bør bremse sukkerforbruket. Kroppen din sender deg mer enn noen få signaler alene når du spiser for mye.


6 ting som kan få blodsukkeret til å stige eller falle

Selv om berg- og dalbaner kan være spennende på fornøyelsesparker, er de ikke så gode når det gjelder blodsukkernivået ditt. Også kjent som glukose, er blodsukker en kritisk energikilde for kroppen din, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Når den er for høy eller for lav, kan du føle deg ganske forferdelig - spesielt hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2.

Du absorberer sukker fra mat og drikke til blodet, der insulin (et hormon fra bukspyttkjertelen) hjelper det med å komme inn i cellene dine for å gi energi, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Som en form for sikkerhetskopiering lager og lagrer leveren også sin egen glukose for å holde blodsukkeret innenfor et normalt område.

"Generelt, når du ikke har diabetes, gjør kroppen din en god jobb med å regulere ... glukosenivået," sier Amisha Wallia, M.D., en endokrinolog ved Northwest Memorial Hospital, SELF.

Men hvis du har diabetes type 1, som vanligvis vises i barndommen eller ungdommen, produserer bukspyttkjertelen lite eller ingen insulin for å hjelpe glukose til å komme inn i kroppens celler, ifølge National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Det kan tillate for mye sukker å bygge seg opp i blodet (hyperglykemi). Hvis du har diabetes type 2, som vanligvis utvikler seg hos voksne, opplever du høyt blodsukker fordi bukspyttkjertelen enten ikke lager nok insulin eller at kroppen din ikke kan bruke insulin riktig, ifølge NIDDK. Når blodsukkeret blir over 200 milligram per desiliter, kan det forårsake symptomer som hodepine, tretthet, økt tørst og hyppig vannlating, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

På den andre siden kan problemer med å håndtere diabetes også resultere i glukosenivåer som svinger i motsatt retning og blir for lave (hypoglykemi). Dette er preget av blodsukker på 70 milligram per desiliter eller mindre og kan forårsake symptomer som å føle seg ristet, trøtt, engstelig, sulten, irritabel, svett eller ha uregelmessig hjerterytme, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Personer med diabetes type 1 og type 2 kan kontrollere blodsukkeret flere ganger om dagen hjemme, avhengig av hva behandlingsplanen innebærer. Dette gjøres ofte med en bærbar elektronisk glukosemåler som måler sukkernivåer med en liten dråpe blod, ifølge Mayo Clinic, selv om andre testenheter også er tilgjengelige.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, kan du fortsatt føle deg som dritt hvis blodsukkeret stiger eller synker, sier Vinaya Simha, M.D., en endokrinolog som spesialiserer seg på metabolisme og diabetes ved Mayo Clinic. Det er bare usannsynlig at det faktisk er farlig for helsen din slik det kan være for en person som har diabetes. Ubehandlet, hyperglykemi og hypoglykemi kan begge være livstruende, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Det er klart at du vil unngå store blodsukkernivåer eller fall. Men det er noen ting som i utgangspunktet kan påvirke alles blodsukker, og det er andre som hovedsakelig bekymrer mennesker som har diabetes.

Å spise eller drikke en haug med sukkerholdige ting samtidig kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Simha. Det kan forvirre deg hvis du ikke spiste masse åpenbart sukkerholdige ting som kjeks og godteri, men karbohydrater i matvarer som hvitt brød og ris konverterer også til glukose i kroppen din og påvirker blodsukkeret.

Å spise eller drikke for mye sukker-tung mat eller drikke på en gang kan føre til høyt blodsukker symptomer som hodepine og trøtthet, sier Dr. Simha. Og hvis du har diabetes, kan disse symptomene oppstå med mindre mengder sukkerholdig mat, sier Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instruktør i medisin ved Harvard Medical School og overvektsmedisin ved Massachusetts General Hospital. Så selv om noen uten diabetes kan føle seg forferdelig etter å ha spist en hel pose med informasjonskapsler, kan det bare ta en eller to før noen med tilstanden føler seg forferdelige.

Å sørge for å ha protein og fett med sukker bidrar til å redusere sjansen for at det vil skjev blodsukkeret ditt så mye. Begge næringsstoffene kan bremse kroppens absorpsjon av sukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic. De kan også hjelpe deg med å fylle deg opp, og redusere sjansen for at du spiser for mye sukker til å føle deg mett, sier Dr. Stanford.

Utover det, hvis du har diabetes, må du følge medisineringsplanen, spesielt hvis du vet at du spiser noe med mer sukker enn vanlig, sier Dr. Wallia. Du bør sjekke blodsukkeret ditt så ofte som foreskrevet av legen din, og hvis du har store problemer med å kontrollere det, snakk med en lege. De kan ha kostholds- eller medisinanbefalinger, eller de kan til og med gi et supplement av kortvirkende insulin for å få ned et høyt blodsukkernivå ASAP, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du har gått for lenge uten å spise, kan leveren din bare produsere så mye glukose før blodsukkeret synker, og du begynner å føle deg skjelven, svak eller få hodepine, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvor lang tid er for lang mellom måltidene varierer fra person til person, men generelt er det en dårlig idé å gå mer enn fem timer uten å spise, selv om du ikke har diabetes, sier Dr. Stanford. Noen mennesker med mer følsomme tilfeller av diabetes må kanskje spise hver tredje time for å unngå hypoglykemi, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvis du ikke er sikker på hvor ofte du bør spise for å kontrollere diabetesen, må du kontakte legen din.

Hvis det er timer siden du sist spiste noe og du føler symptomene på lavt blodsukker, må du i det minste ha en matbit ASAP. Hvis du ikke har diabetes, har du litt mer frihet til å spise det som er lett tilgjengelig (selv om du vil unngå noe karbotungt for å sende blodsukkeret til det andre ytterpunktet), sier Dr. Wallia. Hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2, anbefaler Mayo Clinic å ha 15 til 20 gram hurtigvirkende karbohydrater som ½ kopp appelsinjuice, og deretter ha en ny matbit etter at blodsukkernivået ditt har stabilisert seg. I denne situasjonen vil noen med diabetes ikke ønske å strekke seg etter en matbit som inneholder mye fett og proteiner, fordi de faktisk ville bremse kroppens opptak av sukker.

Noen former for alkohol, som øl og hard cider, inneholder mye karbohydrater, noe som kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Wallia. Å drikke tungt uten å spise kan også blokkere leveren din fra å frigjøre lagret glukose i blodet og forårsake lavt blodsukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, vil kroppen din vanligvis gjøre en ganske god jobb med å fikse dette på egen hånd, sier Dr. Wallia, selv om å spise et godt balansert måltid kan bidra til å få blodsukkernivået raskere tilbake til et normalt område raskere . Hvis du har diabetes og du opplever et blodsukkerkrasj etter å ha drukket, kan du trenge et hurtigvirkende karbohydrat som fruktjuice for å øke blodsukkernivået. Forebygging er egentlig alt her. "Med pasienter med diabetes forteller vi dem generelt at de ikke skal drikke for mye og sørge for å spise en liten matbit hvis de skal drikke alkohol," sier Dr. Wallia.


6 ting som kan få blodsukkeret til å stige eller falle

Selv om berg- og dalbaner kan være spennende på fornøyelsesparker, er de ikke så gode når det gjelder blodsukkernivået ditt. Også kjent som glukose, er blodsukker en kritisk energikilde for kroppen din, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Når den er for høy eller for lav, kan du føle deg ganske forferdelig - spesielt hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2.

Du absorberer sukker fra mat og drikke til blodet, der insulin (et hormon fra bukspyttkjertelen) hjelper det med å komme inn i cellene dine for å gi energi, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Som en slags sikkerhetskopi lager og lagrer leveren sin egen glukose for å holde blodsukkeret innenfor et normalt område.

"Generelt, når du ikke har diabetes, gjør kroppen din en god jobb med å regulere ... glukosenivåer," sier Amisha Wallia, M.D., en endokrinolog ved Northwest Memorial Hospital, SELF.

Men hvis du har diabetes type 1, som vanligvis vises i barndommen eller ungdommen, produserer bukspyttkjertelen lite eller ingen insulin for å hjelpe glukose til å komme inn i kroppens celler, ifølge National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Det kan tillate for mye sukker å bygge seg opp i blodet (hyperglykemi). Hvis du har diabetes type 2, som vanligvis utvikler seg hos voksne, opplever du høyt blodsukker fordi bukspyttkjertelen enten ikke lager nok insulin eller at kroppen din ikke kan bruke insulin riktig, ifølge NIDDK. Når blodsukkeret blir over 200 milligram per desiliter, kan det forårsake symptomer som hodepine, tretthet, økt tørst og hyppig vannlating, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

På den andre siden kan problemer med å håndtere diabetes også resultere i glukosenivåer som svinger i motsatt retning og blir for lave (hypoglykemi). Dette er preget av blodsukker på 70 milligram per desiliter eller mindre og kan forårsake symptomer som å føle seg ristet, trøtt, engstelig, sulten, irritabel, svett eller ha uregelmessig hjerterytme, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Personer med diabetes type 1 og type 2 kan kontrollere blodsukkeret flere ganger om dagen hjemme, avhengig av hva behandlingsplanen innebærer. Dette gjøres ofte med en bærbar elektronisk glukosemåler som måler sukkernivåer med en liten dråpe blod, ifølge Mayo Clinic, selv om andre testenheter også er tilgjengelige.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, kan du fortsatt føle deg som dritt hvis blodsukkeret stiger eller synker, sier Vinaya Simha, M.D., en endokrinolog som spesialiserer seg på metabolisme og diabetes ved Mayo Clinic. Det er bare usannsynlig at det faktisk er farlig for helsen din slik det kan være for en person som har diabetes. Ubehandlet, hyperglykemi og hypoglykemi kan begge være livstruende, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Det er klart at du vil unngå store blodsukkernivåer eller fall. Men det er noen ting som i utgangspunktet kan påvirke alles blodsukker, og det er andre som hovedsakelig bekymrer mennesker som har diabetes.

Å spise eller drikke en haug med sukkerholdige ting på en gang kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Simha. Det kan forvirre deg hvis du ikke spiste masse åpenbart sukkerholdige ting som kjeks og godteri, men karbohydrater i matvarer som hvitt brød og ris konverterer også til glukose i kroppen din og påvirker blodsukkeret.

Å spise eller drikke for mye sukker-tung mat eller drikke på en gang kan føre til høyt blodsukker symptomer som hodepine og trøtthet, sier Dr. Simha. Og hvis du har diabetes, kan disse symptomene oppstå med mindre mengder sukkerholdig mat, forteller Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instruktør for medisin ved Harvard Medical School og fedmemedisinsk lege ved Massachusetts General Hospital. Så selv om noen uten diabetes kan føle seg forferdelig etter å ha spist en hel pose med informasjonskapsler, kan det bare ta en eller to før noen med tilstanden føler seg forferdelige.

Å sørge for å ha protein og fett med sukkeret ditt reduserer sjansen for at det vil skjev blodsukkeret ditt så mye. Begge næringsstoffene kan bremse kroppens absorpsjon av sukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic. De kan også hjelpe deg med å fylle deg opp, og redusere sjansen for at du spiser for mye sukker til å føle deg mett, sier Dr. Stanford.

Utover det, hvis du har diabetes, må du følge medisineringsplanen, spesielt hvis du vet at du spiser noe med mer sukker enn vanlig, sier Dr. Wallia. Du bør sjekke blodsukkeret ditt så ofte som foreskrevet av legen din, og hvis du har store problemer med å kontrollere det, snakk med en lege. De kan ha kostholds- eller medisinanbefalinger, eller de kan til og med gi et supplement av kortvirkende insulin for å få ned et høyt blodsukkernivå ASAP, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du har gått for lenge uten å spise, kan leveren din bare produsere så mye glukose før blodsukkeret synker, og du begynner å føle deg skjelven, svak eller få hodepine, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvor lang tid er for lang mellom måltidene varierer fra person til person, men generelt er det en dårlig idé å gå mer enn fem timer uten å spise, selv om du ikke har diabetes, sier Dr. Stanford. Noen mennesker med mer følsomme tilfeller av diabetes må kanskje spise hver tredje time for å unngå hypoglykemi, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvis du ikke er sikker på hvor ofte du bør spise for å kontrollere diabetesen, må du kontakte legen din.

Hvis det er timer siden du sist spiste noe og du føler symptomene på lavt blodsukker, må du i det minste ha en matbit ASAP. Hvis du ikke har diabetes, har du litt mer frihet til å spise det som er lett tilgjengelig (selv om du vil unngå noe karbotungt for å sende blodsukkeret til det andre ytterpunktet), sier Dr. Wallia. Hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2, anbefaler Mayo Clinic å ha 15 til 20 gram hurtigvirkende karbohydrater som ½ kopp appelsinjuice, og deretter ta en ny matbit etter at blodsukkernivået ditt har stabilisert seg. I denne situasjonen vil noen med diabetes ikke ønske å strekke seg etter en matbit som inneholder mye fett og proteiner, fordi de faktisk ville bremse kroppens opptak av sukker.

Noen former for alkohol, som øl og hard cider, inneholder mye karbohydrater, noe som kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Wallia. Å drikke tungt uten å spise kan også blokkere leveren din fra å frigjøre lagret glukose i blodet og forårsake lavt blodsukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, vil kroppen din vanligvis gjøre en ganske god jobb med å fikse dette på egen hånd, sier Dr. Wallia, selv om å spise et godt balansert måltid kan bidra til å få blodsukkernivået raskere tilbake til et normalt område raskere . Hvis du har diabetes og du opplever et blodsukkerkrasj etter å ha drukket, kan du trenge et hurtigvirkende karbohydrat som fruktjuice for å øke blodsukkernivået. Forebygging er egentlig alt her. "Med pasienter med diabetes forteller vi dem generelt at de ikke skal drikke for mye og sørge for å spise en liten matbit hvis de skal drikke alkohol," sier Dr. Wallia.


6 ting som kan få blodsukkeret til å stige eller falle

Selv om berg- og dalbaner kan være spennende på fornøyelsesparker, er de ikke så gode når det gjelder blodsukkernivået ditt. Også kjent som glukose, er blodsukker en kritisk energikilde for kroppen din, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Når den er for høy eller for lav, kan du føle deg ganske forferdelig - spesielt hvis du har type 1 eller type 2 diabetes.

Du absorberer sukker fra mat og drikke til blodet, der insulin (et hormon fra bukspyttkjertelen) hjelper det med å komme inn i cellene dine for å gi energi, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Som en slags sikkerhetskopi lager og lagrer leveren sin egen glukose for å holde blodsukkeret innenfor et normalt område.

"Generelt, når du ikke har diabetes, gjør kroppen din en god jobb med å regulere ... glukosenivåer," sier Amisha Wallia, M.D., en endokrinolog ved Northwest Memorial Hospital, SELF.

Men hvis du har diabetes type 1, som vanligvis vises i barndommen eller ungdommen, produserer bukspyttkjertelen lite eller ingen insulin for å hjelpe glukose til å komme inn i kroppens celler, ifølge National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Det kan tillate for mye sukker å bygge seg opp i blodet (hyperglykemi). Hvis du har diabetes type 2, som vanligvis utvikler seg hos voksne, opplever du høyt blodsukker fordi bukspyttkjertelen enten ikke lager nok insulin eller at kroppen din ikke kan bruke insulin riktig, ifølge NIDDK. Når blodsukkeret blir over 200 milligram per desiliter, kan det forårsake symptomer som hodepine, tretthet, økt tørst og hyppig vannlating, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

På den andre siden kan problemer med å håndtere diabetes også resultere i glukosenivåer som svinger i motsatt retning og blir for lave (hypoglykemi). Dette er preget av blodsukker på 70 milligram per desiliter eller mindre og kan forårsake symptomer som å føle seg ristet, trøtt, engstelig, sulten, irritabel, svett eller ha uregelmessig hjerterytme, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Personer med diabetes type 1 og type 2 kan kontrollere blodsukkeret flere ganger om dagen hjemme, avhengig av hva behandlingsplanen innebærer. Dette gjøres ofte med en bærbar elektronisk glukosemåler som måler sukkernivåer med en liten dråpe blod, ifølge Mayo Clinic, selv om andre testenheter også er tilgjengelige.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, kan du fortsatt føle deg som dritt hvis blodsukkeret stiger eller synker, sier Vinaya Simha, M.D., en endokrinolog som spesialiserer seg på metabolisme og diabetes ved Mayo Clinic. Det er bare usannsynlig at det faktisk er farlig for helsen din slik det kan være for en person som har diabetes. Ubehandlet, hyperglykemi og hypoglykemi kan begge være livstruende, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Det er klart at du vil unngå store blodsukkernivåer eller fall. Men det er noen ting som i utgangspunktet kan påvirke alles blodsukker, og det er andre som hovedsakelig bekymrer mennesker som har diabetes.

Å spise eller drikke en haug med sukkerholdige ting samtidig kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Simha. Det kan forvirre deg hvis du ikke spiste masse åpenbart sukkerholdige ting som kjeks og godteri, men karbohydrater i matvarer som hvitt brød og ris konverterer også til glukose i kroppen din og påvirker blodsukkeret.

Å spise eller drikke for mye sukker-tung mat eller drikke på en gang kan føre til høyt blodsukker symptomer som hodepine og trøtthet, sier Dr. Simha. Og hvis du har diabetes, kan disse symptomene oppstå med mindre mengder sukkerholdig mat, sier Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instruktør i medisin ved Harvard Medical School og overvektsmedisin ved Massachusetts General Hospital. Så selv om noen uten diabetes kan føle seg forferdelig etter å ha spist en hel pose med informasjonskapsler, kan det bare ta en eller to før noen med tilstanden føler seg forferdelige.

Å sørge for å ha protein og fett med sukkeret ditt reduserer sjansen for at det vil skjev blodsukkeret ditt så mye. Begge næringsstoffene kan bremse kroppens absorpsjon av sukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic. De kan også hjelpe deg med å fylle deg opp, og redusere sjansen for at du spiser for mye sukker til å føle deg mett, sier Dr. Stanford.

Utover det, hvis du har diabetes, må du følge medisineringsplanen, spesielt hvis du vet at du spiser noe med mer sukker enn vanlig, sier Dr. Wallia. Du bør sjekke blodsukkeret ditt så ofte som foreskrevet av legen din, og hvis du har store problemer med å kontrollere det, snakk med en lege. De kan ha kostholds- eller medisinanbefalinger, eller de kan til og med gi et supplement av kortvirkende insulin for å få ned et høyt blodsukkernivå ASAP, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du har gått for lenge uten å spise, kan leveren din bare produsere så mye glukose før blodsukkeret synker, og du begynner å føle deg skjelven, svak eller få hodepine, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvor lang tid er for lang mellom måltidene varierer fra person til person, men generelt er det en dårlig idé å gå mer enn fem timer uten å spise, selv om du ikke har diabetes, sier Dr. Stanford. Noen mennesker med mer følsomme tilfeller av diabetes må kanskje spise hver tredje time for å unngå hypoglykemi, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvis du ikke er sikker på hvor ofte du bør spise for å kontrollere diabetesen, må du kontakte legen din.

Hvis det er timer siden du sist spiste noe og du føler symptomene på lavt blodsukker, må du i det minste ha en matbit ASAP. Hvis du ikke har diabetes, har du litt mer frihet til å spise det som er lett tilgjengelig (selv om du vil unngå noe karbotungt for å sende blodsukkeret til det andre ytterpunktet), sier Dr. Wallia. Hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2, anbefaler Mayo Clinic å ha 15 til 20 gram hurtigvirkende karbohydrater som ½ kopp appelsinjuice, og deretter ta en ny matbit etter at blodsukkernivået ditt har stabilisert seg. I denne situasjonen vil noen med diabetes ikke ønske å strekke seg etter en matbit som inneholder mye fett og proteiner, fordi de faktisk ville bremse kroppens opptak av sukker.

Noen former for alkohol, som øl og hard cider, inneholder mye karbohydrater, noe som kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Wallia. Å drikke tungt uten å spise kan også blokkere leveren din fra å frigjøre lagret glukose i blodet og forårsake lavt blodsukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, vil kroppen din vanligvis gjøre en ganske god jobb med å fikse dette på egen hånd, sier Dr. Wallia, selv om å spise et godt balansert måltid kan bidra til å få blodsukkernivået raskere tilbake til et normalt område raskere . Hvis du har diabetes og du opplever et blodsukkerkrasj etter å ha drukket, kan du trenge et hurtigvirkende karbohydrat som fruktjuice for å øke blodsukkernivået. Forebygging er egentlig alt her. "Med pasienter med diabetes forteller vi dem generelt at de ikke skal drikke for mye og sørge for å spise en liten matbit hvis de skal drikke alkohol," sier Dr. Wallia.


6 ting som kan få blodsukkeret til å stige eller falle

Selv om berg- og dalbaner kan være spennende på fornøyelsesparker, er de ikke så gode når det gjelder blodsukkernivået ditt. Også kjent som glukose, er blodsukker en kritisk energikilde for kroppen din, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Når den er for høy eller for lav, kan du føle deg ganske forferdelig - spesielt hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2.

Du absorberer sukker fra mat og drikke til blodet, der insulin (et hormon fra bukspyttkjertelen) hjelper det med å komme inn i cellene dine for å gi energi, ifølge Mayo Clinic. Som en slags sikkerhetskopi lager og lagrer leveren sin egen glukose for å holde blodsukkeret innenfor et normalt område.

"Generelt, når du ikke har diabetes, gjør kroppen din en god jobb med å regulere ... glukosenivået," sier Amisha Wallia, M.D., en endokrinolog ved Northwest Memorial Hospital, SELF.

Men hvis du har diabetes type 1, som vanligvis vises i barndommen eller ungdommen, produserer bukspyttkjertelen lite eller ingen insulin for å hjelpe glukose til å komme inn i kroppens celler, ifølge National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Det kan tillate for mye sukker å bygge seg opp i blodet (hyperglykemi). Hvis du har diabetes type 2, som vanligvis utvikler seg hos voksne, opplever du høyt blodsukker fordi bukspyttkjertelen enten ikke lager nok insulin eller at kroppen din ikke kan bruke insulin riktig, ifølge NIDDK. Når blodsukkeret blir over 200 milligram per desiliter, kan det forårsake symptomer som hodepine, tretthet, økt tørst og hyppig vannlating, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

På den andre siden kan problemer med å håndtere diabetes også resultere i glukosenivåer som svinger i motsatt retning og blir for lave (hypoglykemi). Dette er preget av blodsukker på 70 milligram per desiliter eller mindre og kan forårsake symptomer som å føle seg ristet, trøtt, engstelig, sulten, irritabel, svett eller ha uregelmessig hjerterytme, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Personer med diabetes type 1 og type 2 kan kontrollere blodsukkeret flere ganger om dagen hjemme, avhengig av hva behandlingsplanen innebærer. Dette gjøres ofte med en bærbar elektronisk glukosemåler som måler sukkernivåer med en liten dråpe blod, ifølge Mayo Clinic, selv om andre testenheter også er tilgjengelige.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, kan du fortsatt føle deg som dritt hvis blodsukkeret stiger eller synker, sier Vinaya Simha, M.D., en endokrinolog som spesialiserer seg på metabolisme og diabetes ved Mayo Clinic. Det er bare usannsynlig at det faktisk er farlig for helsen din slik det kan være for en person som har diabetes. Ubehandlet, hyperglykemi og hypoglykemi kan begge være livstruende, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Det er klart at du vil unngå store blodsukkernivåer eller fall. Men det er noen ting som i utgangspunktet kan påvirke alles blodsukker, og det er andre som hovedsakelig bekymrer mennesker som har diabetes.

Å spise eller drikke en haug med sukkerholdige ting på en gang kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Simha. Det kan forvirre deg hvis du ikke spiste masse åpenbart sukkerholdige ting som kjeks og godteri, men karbohydrater i matvarer som hvitt brød og ris konverterer også til glukose i kroppen din og påvirker blodsukkeret.

Å spise eller drikke for mye sukker-tung mat eller drikke på en gang kan føre til høyt blodsukker symptomer som hodepine og trøtthet, sier Dr. Simha. Og hvis du har diabetes, kan disse symptomene oppstå med mindre mengder sukkerholdig mat, forteller Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instruktør for medisin ved Harvard Medical School og fedmemedisinsk lege ved Massachusetts General Hospital. Så selv om noen uten diabetes kan føle seg forferdelig etter å ha spist en hel pose med informasjonskapsler, kan det bare ta en eller to før noen med tilstanden føler seg forferdelige.

Å sørge for å ha protein og fett med sukker bidrar til å redusere sjansen for at det vil skjev blodsukkeret ditt så mye. Begge næringsstoffene kan bremse kroppens absorpsjon av sukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic. De kan også hjelpe deg med å fylle deg opp, og redusere sjansen for at du spiser for mye sukker til å føle deg mett, sier Dr. Stanford.

Utover det, hvis du har diabetes, må du følge medisineringsplanen, spesielt hvis du vet at du spiser noe med mer sukker enn vanlig, sier Dr. Wallia. Du bør sjekke blodsukkeret ditt så ofte som foreskrevet av legen din, og hvis du har store problemer med å kontrollere det, snakk med en lege. De kan ha kostholds- eller medisinanbefalinger, eller de kan til og med gi et supplement av kortvirkende insulin for å få ned et høyt blodsukkernivå ASAP, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du har gått for lenge uten å spise, kan leveren din bare produsere så mye glukose før blodsukkeret synker, og du begynner å føle deg skjelven, svak eller få hodepine, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvor lang tid er for lang mellom måltidene varierer fra person til person, men generelt er det en dårlig idé å gå mer enn fem timer uten å spise, selv om du ikke har diabetes, sier Dr. Stanford. Noen mennesker med mer følsomme tilfeller av diabetes må kanskje spise hver tredje time for å unngå hypoglykemi, sier Dr. Stanford. Hvis du ikke er sikker på hvor ofte du bør spise for å kontrollere diabetesen, må du kontakte legen din.

Hvis det er timer siden du sist spiste noe og du føler symptomene på lavt blodsukker, må du i det minste ha en matbit ASAP. Hvis du ikke har diabetes, har du litt mer frihet til å spise det som er lett tilgjengelig (selv om du vil unngå noe karbo-tungt for å sende blodsukkeret til den andre ekstremen), sier Dr. Wallia. Hvis du har diabetes type 1 eller type 2, anbefaler Mayo Clinic å ha 15 til 20 gram hurtigvirkende karbohydrater som ½ kopp appelsinjuice, og deretter ha en ny matbit etter at blodsukkernivået ditt har stabilisert seg. I denne situasjonen vil noen med diabetes ikke ønske å strekke seg etter en matbit som inneholder mye fett og proteiner, fordi de faktisk ville bremse kroppens opptak av sukker.

Noen former for alkohol, som øl og hard cider, inneholder mye karbohydrater, noe som kan føre til at blodsukkeret stiger, sier Dr. Wallia. Å drikke tungt uten å spise kan også blokkere leveren din fra å frigjøre lagret glukose i blodet og forårsake lavt blodsukker, ifølge Mayo Clinic.

Hvis du ikke har diabetes, vil kroppen din vanligvis gjøre en ganske god jobb med å fikse dette på egen hånd, sier Dr. Wallia, selv om å spise et godt balansert måltid kan bidra til å få blodsukkernivået raskere tilbake til et normalt område raskere . Hvis du har diabetes og du opplever et blodsukkerkrasj etter å ha drukket, kan du trenge et hurtigvirkende karbohydrat som fruktjuice for å øke blodsukkernivået. Forebygging er egentlig alt her. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop

While roller coasters can be thrilling at amusement parks, they’re not so great when it comes to your blood sugar levels. Also known as glucose, blood sugar is a critical source of energy for your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. When it’s either too high or too low, you can feel pretty terrible—especially if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You absorb sugar from food and beverages into your bloodstream, where insulin (a hormone from your pancreas) helps it gets into your cells to provide energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. As a backup of sorts, your liver also makes and stores its own glucose to help keep your blood sugar within a normal range.

“In general, when you don’t have diabetes, your body does a good job of regulating … glucose levels,” Amisha Wallia, M.D., an endocrinologist at Northwest Memorial Hospital, tells SELF.

But if you have type 1 diabetes, which typically appears in childhood or adolescence, your pancreas produces little or no insulin to help glucose get into your body’s cells, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). If you have type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults, you experience high blood sugar because your pancreas either doesn’t make enough insulin or your body can’t use insulin properly, according to the NIDDK. When your blood sugar gets over 200 milligrams per deciliter, it can cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, and frequent urination, per the Mayo Clinic.

On the flip side, problems managing your diabetes can also result in glucose levels that swing in the opposite direction and become too low (hypoglycemia). This is marked by blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter or less and can cause symptoms like feeling shaky, tired, anxious, hungry, irritable, sweaty, or having an irregular heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic.

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes might check their blood sugar several times a day at home, depending on what their treatment plan involves. This is often done with a portable electronic glucose meter that measures sugar levels with a small drop of blood, according to the Mayo Clinic, though other testing devices are available, too.

If you don’t have diabetes, you can still feel like crap if your blood sugar spikes or drops, Vinaya Simha, M.D., an endocrinologist specializing in metabolism and diabetes at the Mayo Clinic, tells SELF. It’s just unlikely to actually be dangerous to your health the way it can be to a person who has diabetes. Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Clearly you want to avoid major blood sugar spikes or dips. But there are some things that can affect basically anyone’s blood sugar, and there are others that are mainly a concern for people who have diabetes.

Eating or drinking a bunch of sugary stuff at once can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Simha says. That might confuse you if you didn’t consume a ton of obviously sugary things like cookies and candy, but carbohydrates in foods like white bread and rice also convert to glucose in your body and affect your blood sugar.

Eating or drinking too much sugar-heavy food or drink at once can lead to high blood sugar symptoms like headaches and feeling tired, Dr. Simha says. And if you have diabetes, these symptoms can occur with smaller amounts of sugary food, Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, tells SELF. So, while someone without diabetes may feel terrible after eating a whole bag of cookies, it may only take one or two for someone with the condition to feel awful.

Making sure to have protein and fat with your sugar helps lower the odds that it will skew your blood sugar as much. Both nutrients can slow your body’s absorption of sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic. They can also help fill you up, decreasing the chances you’ll eat too much sugar to feel sated, Dr. Stanford says.

Beyond that, if you have diabetes, make sure to follow your medication plan, especially if you know you’re eating something with more sugar than usual, Dr. Wallia says. You should be checking your blood sugar as often as prescribed by your doctor, and if you’re having a lot of trouble controlling it, talk to a medical professional. They may have dietary or medication recommendations, or they might even provide a supplement of short-acting insulin to bring down a high blood sugar level ASAP, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you’ve gone too long without eating, your liver can only produce so much glucose before your blood sugar drops and you start to feel shaky, weak, or get a headache, Dr. Stanford says. How long is too long between meals varies from person to person, but in general, it’s a bad idea to go more than five hours without eating, even if you don’t have diabetes, Dr. Stanford says. Some people with more sensitive cases of diabetes may need to eat every three hours or so to avoid hypoglycemia, Dr. Stanford says. If you’re not sure how often you should be eating to control your diabetes, check in with your doctor.

If it’s been hours since you last ate something and you’re feeling the symptoms of low blood sugar, you need to at least have a snack ASAP. If you don’t have diabetes, you have a bit more freedom to snack on whatever’s readily available (though you’ll want to avoid something carb-heavy to send your blood sugar to the other extreme), Dr. Wallia says. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, the Mayo Clinic recommends having 15 to 20 grams of a fast-acting carbohydrate like ½ cup orange juice, then having another snack after your blood sugar levels have stabilized. In this situation, someone with diabetes wouldn’t want to reach for a snack that’s high in fat and protein, because those would actually slow their body’s absorption of sugar.

Some forms of alcohol, like beer and hard cider, contain a lot of carbohydrates, which can cause your blood sugar to spike, Dr. Wallia says. Drinking heavily without eating can also block your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and cause low blood sugar, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you don’t have diabetes, your body will generally do a pretty good job of fixing this on its own, Dr. Wallia says, although eating a well-balanced meal can help get your blood sugar levels back to a normal range more quickly. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing a blood sugar crash after drinking you may need a fast-acting carbohydrate like fruit juice to bring up your blood sugar levels. Prevention is really everything here. “With patients with diabetes, we generally tell them not to overly consume alcohol and to make sure to eat a small snack if they’re going to drink alcohol,” Dr. Wallia says.


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