Unfortunately, there is a high number of people dealing with this vicious health problem and this number is growing each year. In case you didn’t know, diabetes represents a metabolic disease characterized by high levels of blood sugar.
The blood sugar level in our body indicates the amount of glucose in the blood, which is a type of sugar which is the main energy source for the body. Most often we consume glucose through food, therefore it is being distributed to all cells throughout our body.
Likewise, high blood glucose (blood sugar), or hyperglycemia, occurs when the body cannot use glucose properly ( type2 diabetes), or it has insufficient amounts of it (type 1 diabetes).
If this condition lasts longer, for instance, for months and years, it can permanently damage several body parts, including the kidneys, blood vessels, nerves, and eyes.
Signs of high blood sugar
Many of the symptoms on this list are often overlooked as signs that you are feeling ‘a little under the weather’ and that they will pass naturally. The reality is that your body is warning you that there is a chemical imbalance that needs rectifying. So keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- Frequent urination and urination during the night
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Recurrent infections
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Stomach problems
- Constant fatigue or extreme tiredness
- Increased thirst
- Dry and itchy skin
- Constant hunger
- Excess abdominal fat/weight gain
- Nerve problems
Reduction of Blood Sugar Levels with Glycemic Food
You probably know that the Glycemic Index or simple GI starts from 0 and goes up to 100. This index is here to show us the amount of carbs in different foods which increase blood sugar.
Keep in mind that high-GI ingredients are processed much faster than low-GI foods.
In case you are looking for a way to eliminate blood sugar symptoms, you will need to take more low-GI foods because they have the ability to reduce insulin levels. In addition, these foods are great for weight management.
Now here’s the GI Food List:
- One cup of hummus equals – 6
- One egg – 0
- One mid-sized yellow onion – 10
- One cup of broccoli – 10
- One cup of cashew nuts – 22
- One cup of walnuts – 15
- One large grapefruit – 50
- One cup of cherries – 22
- One cup of yogurt – 23
- One cup of butter beans – 34
- One Turkey sausage – 28
- One mid-sized apple – 38
- One cup of kidney beans – 31
- One cup of spaghetti – 42
- Eight ounces of tomato juice – 38
- Eight ounces of pineapple juice – 46
- One cup of green grapes – 46
- One medium orange – 48
- One large carrot – 47
- One cup of peas – 54
- One large banana – 52
So, this list includes low GI foods which you should take on a daily basis. Every food that is found on the GI scale between 0 and 54 is a low GI food.
- One tablespoon of raw honey – 55
- One cup of brown rice – 55
- One serving of macaroni and cheese – 64
- One cup of oatmeal – 58
- One cup of regular white rice – 64
Some experts call these foods moderate GI foods and people should take them moderately. They are located on the scale between 55 and 69.
- Two cups of popcorn – 72
- One slice of regular white bread – 70
- One rice cake – 78
- One doughnut (glazed) – 76
- One mid-sized baked potato – 85
- 50 grams of glucose – 100
- One serving of corn flakes – 92
Obviously, the last list was dedicated to high GI foods. The best idea is to remove them from your daily menu. High GI foods are found on the scale between 70 and 100. Frequent consumption of these foods can lead to many serious health issues.