The Diabetic Diet, Including Symptoms of Hyperglycemia
Written by Thin Thin
Having a father that died from complications of diabetes, the best way that I can explain to people unfamiliar with diabetes is that a diabetic has a broken pancreas.
There are so many misconceptions about diabetes, such as sugar causes diabetes and that a diabetic can never eat sugar once they are diagnosed. Basically, everything that we eat turns to sugar - to energy to fuel our bodies. Sugar reaches that state at a more rapid rate.
Being a diabetic is a very hard thing to bear because they must continually monitor their food intake. Not only the types of food, but the amount of foods. As to the 'types of foods' consumed, different foods impact sugar levels in different ways. In the case of my father, the following foods set his sugar levels soaring: corn, beets, tomatoes in most any form but particularly tomato sauce.
One of the most serious implications that diabetes can have on the body arises when low blood sugar (hyperglycemia) occurs. This situation targets the heart and can render significant damage. Therefore, it is vital that the diabetic ensures a steady blood sugar level and does not succumb to hyperglycemia.
Should hyperglycemia occur, the diabetic must receive immediate attention as coma and death can occur. Blood sugar levels must quickly be brought up.
Given this potentially risky situation, if you are diabetic please consult with your doctor to determine the most effective methods in restoring your blood sugar levels. In the case of my father, orange juice was recommended by his doctor - but oddly enough, a Hershey's chocolate bar worked more efficiently for him in restoring his blood sugar levels to a safe mode.
There are also over-the-counter pills that are bargain-basement priced that diabetics can use to stabilize blood sugar levels. However, your physician may prescribe alternative methods for stabilization of blood sugar levels - so he/she is your best go-to source.
The symptoms of low blood sugar include but are not limited to the following: feeling weakness, sweating profusely, feeling of faintness - or that the body is simply shutting down, rapid heartbeat.
If you live with a diabetic, just by looking at them one can tell when they have entered the hyperglycemic state. If the diabetic is unable to respond, it's important that you know what to do. Therefore, discuss this potential situation with the physician and know what to do should the situation arise - and you just may save your loved one's life.
One of the best things that a diabetic can do to achieve a longer life as well as a more productive life is to get to their ideal weight with the help of their doctor. A diabetic should never go on any type of diet without their doctor's permission, particularly a restrictive diet such as a carb-restrictive diet.
Carbs help balance our system and provide the bulk of energy. Energy.....it one area of diabetes that can prove fatal if its tinkered with. Live long, live strong, live wisely.