1 in 8 people have diabetes. Half go undiagnosed. By 2050, the CDC predicts 1 in 2 Americans will have diabetes.
Getting your blood sugar and metabolic hormones (such as insulin and cortisol) back in check is essential for maintaining a healthy response to inflammation, aging, and many other disease processes.
Since blood sugar regulation reflects many disorders of metabolism, understanding the symptoms is the first step.
Symptoms of Imbalanced Blood Sugar and Metabolic Hormones
The symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) include:
Brain/mood: Lightheadedness, jitters, fainting, dizziness, confusion, headaches, irritability, sadness, blurred vision/double vision, anxiety, hyperactivity, lack of focus.
Energy: Fatigue, weakness, energy surge post-meal or snack, feeling like you’re going to crash when you don’t have food, excessive hunger.
Hormonal: Hormone imbalances, especially low cortisol.
The symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) include:
Brain: Brain fog, irritability, difficulty focusing and concentrating.
Neurological: Neuropathy, paresthesia, pins and needles, tingling.
Energy: Lethargy, feeling sleepy post-meal, fatigue.
Skin/hair/eyes: Dark patches of skin on neck, elbows, armpits, and knees (acanthosis nigricans), skin tags, wounds that won’t heal, loss of hair.
Gastro-intestinal: Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fruity scent to breath, dry mouth.
Metabolic: Increased thirst and urination, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, abdominal fat, high cholesterol or triglycerides, fatty liver.
Hormonal: Hormone imbalances including estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol, PCOS.
One sure sign of pre-diabetes is carrying a little extra weight around the middle. And waking up at night to use the restroom.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned here, it could be worthwhile to get some simple testing done so you can know where you stand and make corresponding changes.