What does high glucose mean?Houston Endocrine Center2023-04-04T15:53:26+00:00
High glucose, or hyperglycemia, is a common health problem. It can have serious consequences for your health if not treated right away. The term “high” glucose refers to an excessive level of glucose in the blood. Since this condition is almost always temporary, we don’t use the term “hyperglycemia.” We normally call it high glucose when it lasts more than two weeks and causes problems such as blurred vision and fatigue.
What is high glucose?
High glucose is a condition in which your blood glucose level is higher than normal. Glucose is a sugar your body uses for energy and storing fat, protein, and other nutrients.
Glucose comes from foods such as starches (bread and cereals), fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Your body also makes some glucose from new stores of fat or protein in your liver during exercise or fasting (not eating).
In healthy people without diabetes mellitus (diabetes), insulin released by the pancreas helps regulate the amount of glucose in their bodies so they can use it efficiently for energy without having too much left over to be stored as fat or waste products such as lactic acid that cause fatigue after heavy exertion such as running long distances at high-intensity levels.
Are there different levels of high glucose?
- There are several different units of measurement for blood sugar levels. In the United States, high glucose is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). In Canada and other countries that use the metric system, it’s usually expressed as millimoles per liter (mmol/L). You may also see it written out as grams per deciliter (g/dL) or per liter (g/L).
Why is high glucose bad for my health?
High glucose is bad for your health. It can lead to diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke. High glucose can also cause blindness and nerve damage in the feet or hands (peripheral neuropathy). If you have high blood sugar for a long time, it can damage the small blood vessels in your eyes, causing macular degeneration and making it hard to see things.
People who have diabetes are at greater risk of having heart attacks or strokes because their bodies are not able to produce enough insulin or their cells do not respond properly to the insulin that is produced.
Who is at risk of having high glucose?
If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or a family history of diabetes, you are at risk for developing high glucose levels. Other risk factors include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Not getting enough exercise (physical activity)
- A diet high in carbohydrates
How to prevent high glucose.
To prevent high glucose, you should:
- Eat a balanced diet. A healthy diet will help you maintain weight and reduce your risk of developing diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to follow the advice given by your doctor or dietitian about what foods to eat and how much of them.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise helps keep blood sugar under control by improving insulin sensitivity and strengthening muscles (which can improve circulation), both of which help carry glucose into cells where it’s used for energy rather than building up in the bloodstream as excess fat storage or other tissues such as fat, heart muscle tissue, kidney tissue or nerve cells (neurons). Regular physical activity also reduces stress levels and improves overall health–two key factors associated with preventing type 2 diabetes complications like high blood pressure or heart disease down the road!
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High glucose can lead to many health issues, so it’s important to keep it under control.
High blood glucose is a serious condition that can lead to many health issues, including diabetes and heart disease. If you have high glucose and are unaware of it, consult your doctor immediately! You should get your blood sugar tested regularly, exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet.
We hope this article has helped you understand what high glucose means and how to prevent it. If you’re concerned about your glucose levels, talk to your doctor about getting tested.