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I haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes but recently been told my blood has a high sugar level.

A: Hi Fruity Pebbles

Great question! Vitamin D deficiency is very common and is related to cholesterol and sugar/insulin control. Getting enough of it should help improve the conditions you describe. I’m including some sites for more detailed information.

Here are a couple links to books you can take a peek inside:


And links to some great sites on related dietary changes:


I hope this helps some!

Good luck!

Q: What are some symptoms of high blood sugar?
Diabetes runs in my family, and even though I have been diagnosed with it yet, i still have problems with high or low blood sugar. Right now me and my friend just finished eating ALOT of food (we forgot to eat yesterday) and im feeling dizzy, weak, and my heart is pounding really fast. Is this high blood sugar, am I just overly tired or is it something else?
Also, i have never had this particular thing happen before. Ive become shaky, weak and dizzy from NOT eating, but ive never had it happen after I know that I have eaten alot.

A: Dizzy and weak are symptoms of low blood sugar, not high. Is it possible you’re hypoglycemic? (for many, hypoglycemia may be a precursor for diabetes in many cases)

Q: What causes the body to diurese fluids when blood sugar is high?
What causes the frequent urination when blood sugar is high? I know it’s because high blood sugar dehydrates the body by making the body diurese fluids but why? Please explain it to me the best you can.

A: blood sugar is called glucose

glucose is negatively charged. water molecules always surround something that has a charge in order to neutralize the charge

when you have high glucose in the blood, its so much that it gets into the urine as well. the glucose in the urine draws water into the urine. Then you pee out the water. That is how water is lost from the body when you have high blood sugar

Q: How do you feel when your blood sugar is high?
I’ve had low blood sugar before but this feeling is different.
I’m on Metformin, not for diabetes though. I am trying to concieve and have PCOS.
I was feeling weird the other day and it went away about 45 minutes after I took my metformin. I’ve done that exact same things a couple more times. So it’s making me think I’m getting this feeling from high blood sugar.

A: Can’t concentrate and will feel moody. You may have muscle cramps and temporary blurred vision. You feel tired and thirsty and with a need to urinate often. You may also have a yeast infection. These are the common symptoms of high blood sugar.Metformin is an oral antidiabetic – non insulin dependent. In your case,having PCOS -Polycystic ovary disease or many cysts in the ovaries,the medication Metformin makes ovulation normal and that’s why you are taking the medication. I would like to add that in case you are overweight, losing weight may help you reduce insulin levels,stimulate ovulation and improve fertiity. Hope this help. Good luck!  Neida

Q: Is it possible to have high blood sugar/ diabetes that is not recognized by standard tests?
I am obese, but have never had diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions. I had a baby in 2008, but did not even have gestational diabetes. However I remember something I read which mentioned (just a vague memory here…) that it’s possible to have some gestational diabetes which is not detected by the standard glucose-measuring blood test I had. It was just a fleeting mental note until I started getting athlete’s foot pretty regularly, and read that it may be related to high blood sugar. Any ideas?

A: Not sure about gestational diabetes but diabetes in general should definitely be picked up by a GTT and/or fasting test. Diabetes is characterised high blood glucose levels which is what you are being tested for.

Your athletes foot could be exaggerated by diabetes but just as likely it is not. If you feel diabetes is likely – you are overweight, middle aged, strong family history, pcos, whatever, then make an appt with your doctor for a general check up and ask for diabetes to be included. Then you can know for sure.

Q: Best food to eat with high blood sugar and high blood pressure?
What foods should I eat with this?? I like to get sugar-free stuff for the high blood sugar, but sometimes tends to have a lot of sodium. If I go for low sodium food, it is sometimes high in sugar. I should not have caffeine either. I am in college and it is very hard for me to eat well. Any particular brands that I should get at the store? I’m not good with food and need details! What are good snacking foods? And if I am to eat out, what are the best choices for this? Thank you!

A: Boiled or broiled chicken breasts
Lean beef
Lean pork
Broccoli without cheese sauce
Broiled fish.

if you eat, avoid fried foods. Go for broiled or boiled.
BurgerKing burgers are flame broiled, and are better than McDonalds or Wendy’s (which are fried). Take the top off hte bun, and eat it with a fork. No french fries; eat a 1/2 order of onion rings. Drink water instead of colas or tea.

Red Lobster has good broiled entries, but stay away fronm the clam chowder. Get vegetable sides, or rice pilaf.

No chinese food — too much sodium. Mexican tends to be high in sodium, too. Eat more beasn, less rice.

General rules:
Go for lean meats
Go for broiled, boiled, or flame broiled instead of fried or deep fried.
Try to get steamed veggies.
Avoid potatoes of all types.
Avoid cheese and/or cream sauces like Alfredo.
Avoid cream based soups. Ask the server what BROTH (water) based soups they have.
Anything with tomatoes (marinara sauce, pizza) tends to have a lot of sugar to counteract the natural acidity of tomatoes. Tomatoes in salads or on sandwiches are OK.
Vinegar and oil dressing is better than blue cheese or thousand island.

Italian food is probably NOT your best choice: Cheeses, creasm sauces, and marinaras.

Q: What number is considered to be high blood sugar?
What range is normal? whats high? they are telling me I have gestational diabetes and everytime take my blood sugar it’s 96, 89, 84, 114…these all seem normal to me, so what is considered high?

A: Anything over 180 is considered hyperglycemia, but if you eat a proper diet given to you by the nutritionist you can keep your numbers down without the need for medication.

Q: What does it mean if I have high blood sugar while pregnant?
My doctor just called and said i had high blood sugar and i have to come in for more test…should i be concerned about this? What can i do to lower my blood sugar? what can i do to bring my Iron level up?

A: high blood sugar during pregnancy is a sign of Gestational Diabetes which can make the baby grow bigger and faster which isnt a good thing. The test will probably include a sonogram to judge the size of the baby and you should cut out sugar and carbohydrates as much as possible…and stay away from fried food….to raise your iron you need to eat more iron rich foods…you should be able to do a yahoo search and get a list of foods with high iron….also drink orange juice with those foods because vitamin C helps the body absorb iron…..My doc told me that drinking orange juice with my prenatal vitamin was good cause it just made it work that much better and got more folic acid……Good Luck…and watch your diet to keep the diabetes under control

Q: When do I go to the hospital with high blood sugar?
I have a high blood sugar for 400 ti 550. When do I need to go to the hospital?

A: Now would be a good time to go.

Q: Can you have high blood sugar without having diabetes?
Sometimes I feel really tired that one time I was knocked out from 5pm to 7pm. I have also had blurry vision. When I eat something salty or sugar sometimes a little or a lot I have a feeling of tiredness. I looked up high blood sugar and that seemed to fit more than high blood pressure. I just don’t want to be worrying if I have diabetes because I am obese.

A: Hi there,
I strongly recommend you go see the doctor to have this checked out, as your symptoms certainly warrant investigation anyway. If you do have diabetes, it is much better to get it diagnosed and put a management plan together that to leave it unchecked and damaging your body. A person can’t just have ‘high blood sugar’ – they either have diabetes or they don’t. Your symptoms may not be blood-sugar related anyway, but you need to get checked out as soon as you can.
Good luck!

Q: How to find out if you have high blood sugar?
i dont know if i have high blood sugar or my mom. we havent been to the doctor becuz Arnold Sweaterneager, or something like that, to our medicare away. How can we know?
*took our medicare

A: Usually people with high blood pressure gain weight. They always are easily get tired. They can’t walk very fast and even going up and down in the stairways are hard work. They always find comfort by taking long naps and they fall asleep quickly. Some people even snores when they sleep and some get dizzy all the time. You could go to the nearest pharmacy or store that has pharmacy inside and use their blood pressure machine in one corner. They are pretty accurate in results. People that eat a lot of adobo and boiled pork with tamarind, recipes from the Philippines are known to have high blood pressure. The best thing to do is the universal way – take a long (if 2 hours fit the schedule it is good) fast walk everyday and stay away from eating too much meat and seafoods. You have to sweat while and after walking to serve the purpose.& always walk with someone. Eat in moderation and have a lot of green leafy vegetables in most meal.

Q: When people who have diabetes get that thirsty feeling, is this because their blood sugar is high?
When diabetics get that irritating thirsty feeling, is it always due to high blood sugar levels? Does checking your blood sugar level whenever you get that thirsty feeling always results in a very high blood sugar level? Or is it possible you feel that way even if your blood sugar is not so high like say 100 to 115?

A: your sugar would have to be high for a while for thirst to be a symptom of high blood sugar.
When you have diabetes, excess sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood. Your kidneys are forced to work overtime to filter and absorb the excess sugar. If your kidneys can’t keep up, the excess sugar is excreted into your urine along with fluids drawn from your tissues. This triggers more frequent urination, which may leave you dehydrated. As you drink more fluids to quench your thirst, you’ll urinate even more.

Q: Is it painful to die from high blood sugar if you have type 2 diabetes?
How does high blood sugar actually kill you?
I don’t have diabetes, I’m just wondering right now.

A: !!YES!!

Continual high blood sugar will cause Diabetic Ketoacidosis. This happens a LOT in Type 1 diabetics, and is in fact one of the top 2 or 3 reasons why children are diagnosed as diabetic.

It is more rare in Type 2 Diabetics, but I managed to get it anyway, about 4 years ago. I would have felt better if I had been hit by a train!

Blood Sugar (glucose) is the main fuel that the body needs to run. Insulin helps the body move sugar from the blood into the cells.

if you have NO insulin, the sugar cannot move out of the blood, so it builds up in the blood — High Blood Sugar –> Diabetes.

But more importantly, if the cells get no suagr thay think they are starving, so the start to “eat” themselves! This is why the severely diabetic often loses weight — the body is “eating itself”.

This is not supposed to happen! When it does, a lot of poisons build up in the blood. These poisons consist of acids and ketones — Thus the term Diabetic KetoAcidosis (DKA), which means “the blood is acidic and has lots of ketones, caused by diabetes” [There is another disease called rhabdomyolosis, that does the same thing] A good doctor can actually SMELL ketoacidosis — the ketones make your breath smell really sweet (and your urine).

But with all these poisons and toxins in your system, you feel like hell! Everything hurts, you can’t think straight, it’s even difficult to walk.

Then, the poisons start to act on your other organs — kidneys and liver, especially. Pretty soon, they start to shut down, and that has it’s own special pains.

If ketoacidosis is not treated on an emergency basis, it is fatal. The doctor told me I was within 24 hours of being dead.

As it is, I have permanent kiidney damage, and am getting ready to have the surgery necessary to install the fictures for dialysis.

So don’t let anybody tell you high blood suagr isn’t dangerous, or it doesn’t hurt. Cause I KNOW different.


Q: What do you do when your blood sugar gets to high?
what do you do when your blood sugar gets to high? i have had high blood sugars in the 500s in the past week and i have been doing nothing wrong? i went to the ER last night because i fainted driving to work. that was really scary.

A: I think you are being treated now to control your high blood sugar, as you mentioned you have gone to the ER because you fainted driving to work. Yes, indeed, it was very scary. I hope you are all right now. Anyway, here is a suggestion for you to read and think about:

Signs of high blood sugar include extreme thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, stomachache, lethargy, and headache. Emergency symptoms might include difficulty in breathing, feeling confused, vomiting, and the presence of ketones in the urine. Ketones are a result of high glucose levels and are chemicals in the urine that appear when the body is burning fat for energy. Many drug stores carry the strips used to check urine for testing ketones at home. Blood sugar levels for men, women, and children should remain below 120 to be normal, and that count is after fasting or at least 2 hours after a meal. Impacts of hyperglycemia to ones health include heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems including blindness, and nerve damage.

Untreated hyperglycemia can result in hardening of the arteries because the excess amounts of glucose in the blood are damaging to vessels. The longer the signs of high blood sugar go unchecked the more damage that is done to the body. High risk individuals who have family members with diabetes or those who are overweight should have their glucose levels checked at least once per year. It may be necessary for a physician to administer a glucose tolerance tests in order to diagnose pre-diabetes. A glucose tolerance test checks the glucose levels at several intervals after drinking glucose, in order to see how well the body is producing and utilizing insulin. Sometimes it isn’t a matter of the body producing enough insulin but how well the body is using the insulin towards controlling blood sugar levels for men, women and children.

Diabetes can affect quality of sleep if glucose counts are elevated. Treatment for sleeping may be necessary because poor sleep may also affect the body’s ability to work properly making blood sugar levels for men, women, and children elevated and can have a negative effect on mental and physical health. Studies have shown that individuals suffering with hyperglycemia may experience depression and extreme mood swings. Trusting and having faith in God brings hope to those who are downcast, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalms 42:11). People with signs of high blood sugar may often complain of body aches, headaches, and being woke up during the night because of frequent urination. All of these things can play a part in poor quality sleep. Physicians recommend some lifestyle changes for those suffering with insomnia. Cut back on caffeine usage, avoid naps during the daytime, don’t eat anything within two hours of bedtime, and don’t drink alcoholic beverages before bedtime. Allow some wind down time and don’t exercise or do anything strenuous or mentally taxing right before going to bed.

Foot and chronic skin infections, gum disease, and vision problems are concerns for those with hyperglycemia. It is vital for individuals that have uncontrolled glucose to be aware of the importance of checking for skin infections, wounds that aren’t healing properly, or even severe dry skin. Extreme dry skin can cause cracking and bleeding leading to an infected wound. Nerve damage will make one unaware of wounds that are infected because there may be no discomfort or pain with it. Doctors recommend that individuals with diabetes never go without shoes and wear ones that fit well and are comfortable. One of the signs of high blood sugar is slow healing wounds. Even a sinus infection should be treated promptly because of the risks associated with one that goes unchecked. A slow healing sinus infection can spread to the lungs and the brain. Damage to the eyes can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, and even blindness. Another serious problem with damage to the blood vessels within the eyes is retinopathy. This can lead to blindness if it goes untreated. Also watch out for slow healing after a trip to the dentist, and gum inflammation.

Diabetics need to purchase a glucose meter for checking glucose levels throughout the day. Working with a registered dietitian is usually recommended for hyperglycemia because diet is a very important part of treatment. It may be necessary for patients to adjust insulin or medication when meal plans are adjusted. Studies have shown that a regular exercise program helps to lower blood sugar levels for men, women, and children. To keep glucose levels even throughout the day, nutritionists recommend eating meals at regular intervals including snack times and checking blood sugar levels frequently. Don’t try to skip meals and remember that it is better to eat low fat, low sugar, high protein, and fiber r

Q: Do diabetics have low or high blood sugar?
In the initial blood test that tells the doctor the patient has diabetes, is the blood sugar regularly high, or regularly low?

Not if a diabetic is monitoring their blood between meals, but if the patient goes in without eating food to get a blood workup done. Is it high or low?

A: The test that tell you that you have Diabetes will be high. Period. Now after you start treatment , the person may either test high, Normal or low. High is Hyperglycemia.
Low is Hypoglycemia. And normal( 70 to 100) is what a diabetic strives for. Its not easy, but manageable.

Good luck to you and family.

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