There are certain things people who don’t have diabetes have a hard time understanding. One of those things is the notion of being able to tell when you’re blood glucose level is high or low. However, if you have diabetes, there are certain tell-tale signs that we’ve all come to know.
For instance, if you’re hyperglycemic, you may feel extremely thirsty. Your vision might also become blurry, and you could become extremely fatigued. Conversely, symptoms of hypoglycemia include ravenous hunger, feelings of anxiousness, clamminess, and dizziness. While nothing beats a test, paying attention to these signs is an excellent way to remind yourself to take a minute to give your body what it’s asking for.
So, we want to know: how do YOU feel when you’re high or low? Take a look at the list below to see what some people had to say, and don’t forget to let us know what your symptoms are in the comments below!
Note: Some quotes have been edited for length, grammar, and punctuation.
1. “Blood sugar definitely affects emotions…”
“…as it is the brain that, during lows, isn’t getting enough fuel, and highs cause the brain to be over stimulated. This is like any other substance that has a depressant or stimulant effect on the body. This can cause mood shifts and lack of rational thought/impulse control.” —Reddit user worptal
“I describe being low as being drunk without any of the fun parts.” —Reddit user jovianmoon
3. It might be extremely confusing.
“I describe mine as the feeling when you first wake up but not really awake. Knowing your awake but not yet knowing you’re awake, what day it is or what the plans for the day are.” —Reddit user 1000Airplanes
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