Have you ever wondered what is happening in your body when you get those dreaded symptoms of high blood sugar? The symptoms are fairly easy to recognize and are treatable, but it may help to understand what is going on behind the scenes in order to keep your body running in peak condition.

High blood sugar, also known as hyperglycemia, occurs when there is too much glucose in the bloodstream because the cells of the body are not able use it. There are a number of reasons that this happens, all of them resulting in the same uncomfortable symptoms that alert you that something isn’t quite right. There is more to the story behind each symptom. Hopefully by understanding what is going on in your body when you get these symptoms, you will be motivated to prevent these incidences from happening to keep your body as healthy as possible.

Some of the first symptoms that are felt are extreme thirst and an increased appetite. The reason these symptoms occur is because when there is not enough insulin to help regulate the excess sugar in the bloodstream, the glucose does not get absorbed into the cells and your body thinks that you are starving. Another symptom is frequent urination. This occurs because the body is trying to get rid of the glucose in any way it can, so the kidneys flush the glucose out through urine. Another prominent symptom of high blood sugar is feeling fatigued. You feel this way because the body is not able to absorb any of the energy from the glucose.

If you feel these symptoms, make sure you test your blood sugar to verify that it is high. Then treat it as soon as you can to decrease the symptoms and the permanent harm that sustained high blood sugar can cause. Extremely high blood sugar levels can be fatal, so always do your best to keep your blood sugar levels within the range that your doctor advises. You can live with diabetes and still be healthy and happy. You just have to be aware and take charge of your diabetes management and work to keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.