We all know that diabetes is metabolic disease in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. But people diagnosed with diabetes are not the only ones that should worry about their blood sugar level. Every person should worry about their own blood sugar level, because if someone (who is healthy) has high blood sugar level for extended periods of time can lead to diabetes or other serious health diseases.
It is not just candy, sodas and cakes that cause spikes in blood sugar levels.
What are the causes of high blood sugar symptoms?
You could be experiencing high blood sugar symptoms if you feel always hungry, if you gained weight even if you are trying to lower them, or if you have stomach problems.
Factors that can contribute to high blood sugar are:
-Lack of regular exercise
-Certain health conditions
-Use of certain medications
What are the high blood sugar symptoms?
High blood sugar is just a symptom of diabetes, so it doesn’t mean that if you have high blood sugar level that you have diabetes. In some cases, people are not having symptoms at all of high blood sugar.
The symptoms are:
-Slow healing of cuts and wounds
-Always being hungry
-Dry and itchy skin
-Frequent urination and urination during the night
-Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
-Daily fatigue or extreme tiredness
Using a Glycemic Index Food List to Decrease High Blood Sugar Symptoms
The glycemic index, or GI, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose. Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food — either glucose or white bread. A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI. It uses a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the values, the most rapid rise in blood sugar levels are. Pure glucose has a scale of 100. Foods with high GI are rapidly digested, on the other hand foods with low GI are slowly digested. You can prevent the high blood sugar symptoms if you consume more low-GI foods because they reduce insulin levels. Low-GI foods have many benefits, we already mentioned one, and another one is that they are very good for weight control.
So if you want to prevent blood sugar symptoms, or you want to take control over your weight, or even you want a better overall health, you can use the GI so you can achieve your goals easier.
Glycemic Index Food List (for a few common foods)
1 cup hummus – 6
1 cup broccoli – 10
1 medium yellow onion – 10
1 cup walnuts – 15
1 cup cashews – 22
1 cup cherries – 22
½ large grapefruit – 25
1 cup yogurt (without sugar added) – 23
1 Turkey sausage – 28
1 cup butter beans – 31
1 cup kidney beans – 34
1 medium apple – 38
8 oz. tomato juice – 38
1 cup spaghetti – 42
1 cup green grapes – 46
8 oz. pineapple juice – 46
1 large carrot – 47
1 medium orange – 48
1 large banana – 52
1 cup peas – 54
There are all low glycemic foods and they are ideal to consume. The scale is from 0 to 54 for low glycemic foods.
1 cup brown rice – 55
1 tablespoon honey – 55
1 cup oatmeal – 58
1 serving macaroni and cheese – 64
1 cup white rice – 64
These are moderate glycemic foods, and they should be used with caution. The scale is from 55 to 69 for moderate glycemic foods.
1 slice white bread – 70
2 cups popcorn – 72
1 glazed doughnut – 76
1 rice cake – 78
1 medium baked potato – 85
Corn flakes cereal – 92
50 grams glucose – 100
These are high glycemic foods, and you should try to avoid them or to completely eliminate them from your diet. The scale is from 70 to 100.