7. Oral Problems
If your gums bleed despite maintaining good oral hygiene, it is time to get your blood sugar levels checked. High sugar levels can cause several oral problems and bleeding gums is just one of them.
High blood glucose helps bacteria grow, which in turn causes an infection. Then you can get red, sore and swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
Also, high blood sugar can weaken your mouth’s germ-fighting powers. Moreover, it can rob your mouth of moisture, which can result in pain, sores, infections, and cavities.
The American Diabetes Association provides detailed information regarding how blood sugar levels can affect oral health .
8. Extremely Dry Skin
If your skin is extremely dry, your blood sugar levels may have been high for quite some time. High blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage, which causes the skin to remain dry.
Also, high blood sugar causes the body to lose fluids rapidly, which means the skin is not able to retain moisture for a long time, leaving your skin dry and itchy. Along with dry skin, there may be dark skin patches in the folds of your skin around the armpits, neck and groin area.
If your skin feels dry and itchy despite following a good skin care routine, get your sugar levels checked.
Tips to Maintain a Stable Blood Sugar Level
- Stress can raise your blood sugar, so learn to lower your stress levels.
- When eating a meal, fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one-fourth with a lean protein and one-fourth with a whole grain.
- Drink water instead of juice and regular sodas.
- Speak to a dietician to prepare a meal plan for you and do your best to stick to the plan.
- Try to remain active most days of the week and follow a good exercise routine.
- Take frequent walks. Start slowly by taking 10 minute walks, 3 times a day.
- Maintain a healthy weight by using your meal plan and moving more.
- Take your medicines and insulin on time, even when you feel good.
- Ask your doctor before taking any kind of medicine.
- Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
- Brush your teeth and floss every day to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy.
- Stop smoking and drinking in excess.
- Always keep track of your blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
- Report any changes in your health to your doctor immediately.
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