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Reasons Why Blood Sugar Won't Go Down

A list and description of reasons why blood sugar won't go down.

With over eight percent of people in the United States alone currently being diagnosed as diabetic, keeping an eye on one's blood sugar is more important now than ever. Keeping control of weight, eating a diverse diet and exercising regularly can certainly help keep blood sugar at a desirable level. Despite those standard efforts, however, many individuals have a harder time controlling their blood sugar than others. The following are lesser known reasons why glucose levels often rise instead of going down.

Irregular Eating Patterns

Not sticking to a regular eating schedule can make one's blood sugar sky rocket, especially if they eat after fasting for several hours. In that case, the body's sudden absorption of carbohydrates causes a spike in enzymes which can affect the release of glucose into the blood cells. Eating too frequently or eating certain foods too often can also inhibit the lowering of one's blood sugar. Hence, a regular eating schedule, preferably three meals a day with a snack in between, yields better results.

Stress

The way the body reacts to stress is by raising various hormone levels and making stored energy more easily available to blood cells, including fat and glucose. This process occurs when one is experiencing either physical or mental stress, or a combination of both. Thus, an individual whose life is constantly plagued by stress will be subject to higher blood sugar levels. Suggested remedies include activities that help to relieve tension in the mind and boy such as enjoyable physical exercise or activities that put the mind at ease such as meditating or taking a short nap each day.

Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep has an indirect effect on blood sugar as it causes various other problems leading to raised glucose levels. Those who get little sleep have lower levels of leptin, an appetite suppressing hormone. Hence, the less one sleeps their hungrier they get, which in turn can lead to higher blood sugar levels after eating too much. Also, little sleep is a major contributor to stress, which causes stored up glucose to be released. Not getting the necessary number of hours of rest is a reason shared by millions of adults for not being able to control their blood sugar.

Illness or Infection

When one is ill, their blood sugar can rise as a result of the body's immune responses. The release of infection fighting hormones can in turn make glucose easier to pass into the blood cells, and since diabetics cannot produce enough insulin to battle this release of extra glucose, blood sugar rises. Those who are sick and diabetic are advised to drink extra amounts of fluids and to check their blood sugar every three or four hours. It is also wise for them to create a plan with their doctor as to what extra insulin or medications they need to take in the case of illness.

Medication

There are a variety of different medicines that make keeping blood sugar levels downs a nightmare. Birth control pills can keep blood sugar high, especially those with high levels of progesterone. Sleeping pills and anti- inflammatory medications can also raise blood sugar, more easily so for diabetics. Decongestants are also medications for diabetics to keep out of the medicine cabinet. Those prone to high blood glucose levels should avoid cortisteroids, oral contraceptives and catecholamines.

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