5 Things That Spike Your Blood Sugar

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, then controlling your blood sugar should be one of your priorities each day. Managing your blood sugar is essential because it provides both short- and long-term benefits. In the short-term, maintaining your blood sugar will enable you to enjoy a more consistent lifestyle and you’ll just feel better on a day-to-day basis. For example, if your blood sugar is high, you may notice blurry vision or increased thirst and more frequent trips to the bathroom; keeping blood sugar controlled can prevent these symptoms. Long-term benefits involve reducing your risks for developing diabetes-related complications, such as permanent vision changes, numbness at your feed or kidney disease, later in your life.

The potential problem for many individuals with diabetes, however, is that they may be unaware of certain everyday risks that could easily cause their blood glucose levels to spike. Here is a list of five factors that can cause your blood glucose level to rise if you aren’t careful.


Eating Refined Carbohydrates, Processed Foods, and Artificial Sweeteners

When you eat refined carbohydrates, like white bread, pasta or other products made from white flour, and sugary drinks, your body converts the carbs in those foods directly into glucose. As a result, refined carbohydrates are the worst type of food for someone with diabetes to eat because they cause blood sugar levels to spike quickly.


Processed foods are also a risk because many contain much more added sugar than you might think. Processed foods also can contain non-caloric sweeteners in order to reduce calories; however, a study published in the journal Nature indicates that artificial sweeteners can be linked to glucose intolerance and higher blood sugar levels. That said, diet drinks are still a better option than full-sugar drinks, but it is important to understand their risks concerning your diabetes.  

5 Things That Spike Your Blood Sugar


Not Taking, or Not Taking Enough, of Your Diabetes Medicine

Diabetes is a complex condition that can quickly spin out of control if you aren’t careful. And, medication plays a significant role in keeping your blood sugar under control. Your doctor will carefully review your lab results to determine the best course of treatment for you, including the type of medication, the dose, and the frequency in which you should take it. If you choose to not take your medications or it turns out that you’re not taking enough of the medicine, then you may start seeing adverse effects because your blood sugar levels will become altered.

It can never be stressed enough – if you have diabetes, it is important to adhere as closely as possible to your medication regimen. Frequently checking your blood glucose at different times of the day and discussing it with your physician or diabetes educator can help design the most appropriate treatment for you.


Eating Meals or Snacks Too Close To Each Other

When you eat a meal, your blood sugar automatically rises by a certain degree based on what foods you eat. Gradually your blood sugar drops between your meals. So, when you eat your meals too close to each other or you have a snack too close to a meal, you are essentially stacking one glucose elevation on another, and this can cause your blood sugar to spike.

Ideally, you should keep a span of four to five hours between your day’s meals. This will enable you to stabilize your blood sugar through the day while also regulating your appetite. If you have a snack, have it two to three hours after a meal and then change the timing for you next meal accordingly.



Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

Exercise is very important for someone with Type 2 diabetes because it causes the glucose in the blood to be sent to the muscles that are being worked to be used as energy. Exercise also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and lowers your risk of stroke and other health complications.

But, if you have diabetes and you live a sedentary lifestyle, the inactivity can cause your blood glucose level to be higher than optimal. That said, while exercise is one of the keys to living as healthy a life as possible with diabetes, you still need to watch your blood sugar level while working out because it could drop too deeply if you aren’t careful. For this reason, have a healthy snack or other appropriate food or drink nearby in case you feel your blood sugar has dropped.



Stress is a normal part of life, but if you let your stress level become too high, it can cause your blood glucose level to rise. The reason for this reaction is because stress causes the body to produce adrenalin, which is known as the “fight-or-flight” hormone. These hormones also spur your body to make glucose from stored carbohydrate or even converted from proteins, leading to glucose elevations. Also, as cortisol levels increase in your body, your body becomes less sensitive to the natural insulin being produced by your body or the insulin injections you need to manage your diabetes.

Another problem with stress is that many people deal with it by turning to food. And, more often than not, it’s fatty, salty, and sugary foods that are chosen.. Therefore, it is so important to learn ways to manage your stress. Exercise is one way. Meditation is another. Sometimes, simply sitting still and taking ten deep breaths or going for a five-minute walk can be enough. 


5 Things That Spike Your Blood Sugar


Manage Your Blood Glucose and Living With Diabetes Will Be Easier

Keeping your blood glucose level where it needs to be is all-important for living with and managing diabetes. The above five factors are just some of the reasons why your blood sugar can start rising without you being aware of it. Other things that can impact your blood sugar include overeating at dinner, menstruation cycles, an illness or infection, poor sleep quality, poor dental hygiene, and even some over-the-counter medications like cough drops and syrups.

Work with your doctor to help you through your journey with diabetes. Keeping the above factors in mind and checking your blood glucose levels regularly can help you keep your blood glucose at goal, which in turn can help you keep at bay the range of potential health risks associated with diabetes.

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