Hyperglycemia, referring to high blood sugar may occur when someone has diabetics. While Hypoglycemia, the direct opposite of hyperglycemia refers to low level of blood sugar. In this post i am going to make clear the difference between the two conditions and also how to recognize their symptoms to avoid high levels of medical emergencies. Such as loss of consciousness due to low blood sugar(hypoglycemia) and dehydration, diabetic ketoacidosis due to high blood sugar(hyperglycemia).
If you have being following closely you will notice that either of this conditions are health friendly, high level of blood sugar can be as dangerous as low level of blood sugar. So it is advisable to keep our blood sugar level balanced. You have to test your blood sugar level regularly so as to know when to see your doctor, or if you are already on drugs for either hypo or hyper glycemia, you should know when to stop so as not to drift the balance from one condition to the other.
High blood sugar levels occurs when the amount of sugar in your blood rises above normal. This might be caused by different things like eating too many junk foods, taking too many calories, emotional stress, infections etc can cause your blood sugar level to rise tremendously. If you are already on drugs like insulin or other pills to checkmate high blood sugar level, missing your drugs for ones can cause a disastrous increase in your blood sugar level. Testing your blood sugar level regularly can help keep you and your doctor alert when your blood sugar level rises abnormally and this can help prevent complications like, coma, death, damage to the body organs like the eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and others.
High blood sugar develop over a period of hours and days. You may experience some feelings of fatigue with frequent dry throat.
On the other side of the balance scale is the low blood sugar, equally known as Hypoglycemia. This occurs when the level of sugar in the blood drops below what your body requires to function. As we all know, the chairman in the body, referring to the brain suffers the most when this condition sets in, this is because the brain consumes the most sugar in the body. Not eating enough food or skipping meals, taking too much drugs and exercising more than usual can lower the level of blood sugar in the body. Symptoms of Hypoglycemia includes: Fatigue, shaky, profuse sweat, increased heart rate. It is very deadly to allow your blood sugar level to fall below 20 mg/dl. If this happens there will be a loss in consciousness and even seizure.If your blood sugar level drops from 300 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl you may have symptoms of low blood sugar
Always check your blood sugar level with the traditional method by pricking your finger and dropping the blood that ensues into a test strip and then placing the strip into a meter to display your sugar level. They are cheap, self explanatory and user friendly.