We talk frequently with our patients about glucose monitoring and spikes vs. stability. That’s because when glucose levels spike in the blood, it can cause a range of symptoms, especially if the spike is significant or prolonged.
Some symptoms that people may experience when glucose levels spike include:
- Feeling thirsty: High glucose levels can cause dehydration, leading to increased thirst.
- Frequent urination: The kidneys may try to get rid of excess glucose by filtering it out of the blood, leading to increased urination.
- Blurred vision: High glucose levels can cause fluid to be drawn from the lenses of the eyes, causing them to swell and leading to blurred vision.
- Fatigue: High glucose levels can interfere with the body’s ability to use glucose for energy, leading to feelings of fatigue and low energy.
- Headaches: High glucose levels can cause headaches, particularly if they are accompanied by dehydration.
- Nausea and vomiting: High glucose levels can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat: High glucose levels can cause an increased heart rate, particularly if they are accompanied by dehydration.
It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions, and a healthcare provider should be consulted to determine the underlying cause of these symptoms.