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Diabetes: 4 Things That Can Raise Your Blood Sugar Level

You may be eating right, exercising, and taking your diabetes medication as prescribed, and yet your last blood glucose reading is still abnormally high.

Here are some potential culprits: 

They are: 

1. Skipping breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this may be very necessary for people with diabetes.

According to researchers, skipping breakfast may inhibit the function of the pancreas beta cells, which produce insulin.

But remember, just any breakfast isn't advised when it comes to keeping blood sugar levels steady. What you eat for breakfast is important.  Example: Sugary cereal with a big glass of juice isn’t helpful.

Go for balanced morning meals that pack in nutrients and, for diabetes-friendliness, are low in carbs, such as scramble eggs with cucumber, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

2. Stress increases cortisol which affects insulin sensitivity: You’re overstressed at work, family issues, house rent issues, etc and suddenly your blood sugar level is shoots up. The main culprit is stress. 

Stress definitely raises blood sugar levels. It increases cortisol, our fight-or-flight hormone. When cortisol goes up, it makes us less sensitive either to your body’s own insulin or to insulin injections.

Stress can be physical such as sustaining an injury, or mental issues such as having financial issues or marriage problems. Even positive changes to your daily routine a promotion at work or going on vacation can cause a sudden increase in blood sugar.

There are things you can do when you’re right in the moment when tension at work suddenly takes a hold of you and you can't feel yourself. 

Go for a 5 minutes walk or take 10 deep breaths to slow your breathing. And there are regular habits you can develop, like establishing a daily exercise or meditation routine.

3. Lack of sleep can raise blood sugar: There’s been much investigation between sleep and health problems. Not enough sleep can lead to spikes in blood sugar. 

Current sleep recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes are the same for all adults. Aim for 7-9 hours per night for adults younger than 60 years and 7-8 hours for adults 65 years and above.

The connection is related to the fact that sleep deprivation triggers a release in the stress hormone cortisol while also reducing the amount of insulin released when you eat. 

Adding to that, poor sleep also elevates hunger hormones in the body, making it difficult to follow a healthy diet. When people shorten their night sleep time, they eat extra calories the next day.

It’s very important to pay extra attention to your blood sugar levels after sleepless nights.

4. Poor dental health: Gum disease has long been recognized as a complication for diabetes.  Unhealthy gums may actually increase blood sugar levels in the body. 

Also gum disease can increase the risk of infections as well as inflammation throughout the body, both of which can increase blood sugar levels.

It is recommended that people with diabetes take extra care of their gums. Brush twice per day, and see your dentist regularly to have your gums checked. Make sure to let your dentist know you have diabetes.

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