Blood Sugar Ups & Downs

Why your blood sugar changes

Because so many things can affect your blood sugar, your numbers can change from hour to hour throughout the day. With all those ups and downs, you may start to recognize the warning symptoms of blood sugar levels that are too high or too low. Or you may not experience any symptoms at all. With so much going on, remember, the way to make sure your blood sugar level is within your target range is to check it regularly.

The lowdown on your ups and downs

Here are some of the reasons your blood sugar levels can go up and down throughout the day.

Medications

  • Not getting the right dose of diabetes medication Diabetes can change over time, so your healthcare provider and you may need to change your medication or add another medication
  • Other medications Medicine, including dietary or herbal supplements, you take for other conditions can affect your blood sugar levels. Be sure your doctor knows all the medications, dietary supplements and herbal supplements you are taking.

Health

  • Illness A sickness as common as a cold can have an effect on your blood sugar levels
  • Dehydration It's important to get plenty of liquids. If you are dehydrated, your body's blood sugar level can rise
  • Menstrual periods A woman's menstrual cycle has a number of effects on her system, including a possible increase in her blood sugar levels
  • Pain Short- or long-term pain can cause your body to release hormones. This release can lead to an increase in your blood sugar levels

Lifestyle

  • Anxiety and stress Even typical day-to-day stress can have a real physical effect, resulting in a change in the amount of sugar in your blood
  • Alcohol Alcohol can have a definite effect on sugar, especially when it's consumed on an empty stomach. This can lower your blood sugar levels
  • Extra activity Whether you’re taking more trips to the gym or running more errands, any increase in physical activity can make your body more sensitive to insulin, and therefore affect your blood sugar
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See if you need a diabetes tune-up

You know that keeping your blood sugar from going too high or too low can be helped by taking your diabetes medication. Since diabetes can change over time, your diabetes treatment may need to change, too. If you haven’t done so recently, find out where you stand with your Personal Check-In.

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