Three ‘most important things’ to watch out for when your blood sugar is high – new study

The results of studies conducted over a period of six years in North Karelia, Finland, revealed three factors influencing the risk of hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia is the medical term for high blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes may notice that their blood sugar levels are too high when they feel very thirsty, urinate frequently, weak or tired.

Other signs of high blood sugar include blurred vision and weight loss.

According to researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, three types of data can predict whether a person will experience high blood sugar levels.

Data points include: previous blood sugar levels, fasting blood sugar levels, and existing antidiabetic drugs.

These “most important factors” have been shown to identify people at risk for high blood sugar.

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The research paper notes: “Inadequate glycemic control can be predicted from data that is routinely collected as part of diabetes monitoring and management.”

The UK National Health Service recommends that people in the UK have their blood sugar checked by a healthcare professional every three to six months.

The health authority says blood sugar checks (HbA1C test) are done “every three months at first diagnosis and then every six months after stabilization.”

An HbA1C test should be done by your doctor or diabetes nurse at a health center.

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Other health screenings for diabetes include an annual evaluation of the feet, eyes, and internal organs.

Once a year, a podiatrist, diabetes nurse, or general practitioner should check to see if you have lost sensation in your legs, in addition to looking for ulcers or infections.

“See your GP immediately if you have cuts, bruises, or numbness in your legs,” advises the NHS.

The eyes should also be examined every year to see if there are any damage to the blood vessels.

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As for the internal evaluation, it consists of measuring blood pressure, a blood test for cholesterol, and checking for kidney disease.

Finnish researchers say: “Early identification of patients with poor glycemic control is of paramount importance.”

Identifying people who are struggling to control their blood sugar allows practitioners to focus on treatment.

“Delayed treatment intensification increases the risk of complications, which is also reflected in higher treatment costs,” the researchers added.

Complications of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes range from heart disease to stroke.

The National Health Service warns that prolonged high blood sugar can lead to vision loss, blindness and nerve damage.

That is why it is extremely important to keep a close eye on your health so that any health problems that arise can be addressed.

If you’re struggling to control your blood sugar, it may be helpful to talk to your healthcare provider.

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