We all know that diabetes is a metabolic disease, in which the blood levels are increased over a prolonged period. But, those individuals that suffer from it are not the only one that should worry about their blood sugar levels. Every person in this planet should be worried about their own blood sugar levels, because if someone who is healthy, but has high blood sugar levels for longer period, it may lead to diabetes, as well as to some other serious health disease. Also, the causers of spikes in the blood sugar levels are not only candies, sodas and cakes. There are a lot more.
What are the causes of high blood sugar symptoms?
When you feel hungry all the time, when you gain weight even if you are trying to lower it, or when you have some stomach problems, you could be experiencing high blood sugar symptoms.
Some of the factors that can lead to high blood sugar are:
-Lack of regular exercise;
-Certain health conditions;
-Use of certain medications.
What are the high blood sugar symptoms?
Having high blood sugar, is just a symptom of diabetes, so it does not mean that if you have high blood sugar level that you have diabetes. At some cases of diabetes, people are not having symptoms like high blood sugar levels at all.
Some of the symptoms are the following:
-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
GI, or the glycemic index, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food, can raise the blood glucose. Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food – wither the glucose or the white bread. A food that has a high GI raises the glucose in the blood more than that food which has a medium or low GI. It uses a scale from 0 to 100. As much as the values are higher, there is bigger and rapid rise in the blood sugar levels. The pure glucose has a scale of 100. Those foods that have higher GI can be rapidly digested, and those with lower GI are slowly digested. By consuming low GI foods, you can prevent the high blood sugar symptoms, as they reduce the insulin levels. We already mentioned one of the benefits that low GI foods have, so now we are going to mention another one, and that is that they are very good for weight control.
In order to achieve your goals in a very easy way, you can use the GI, 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.
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
The above mentioned foods are low glycemic and they are ideal for consuming. The scale for the low
glycemic foods is from 0 to 54.
1 cup brown rice – 55
1 tablespoon honey – 55
1 cup oatmeal – 58
1 serving macaroni and cheese – 64
1 cup white rice – 64
The above mentioned foods are moderate glycemic and they should be used with caution. The scale for the moderate glycemic foods is from 55 to 69.
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
The above mentioned foods are high glycemic and you need to avoid them or remove them completely from your diet. The scale for the high glycemic foods is from 70 to 100.