One of the health issues that might have the most impact on your daily life is diabetes. It can lead to major problems and even be fatal without careful treatment. You may identify your triggers, or the meals, beverages, or behaviours that cause your insulin to spike, by monitoring your blood sugar levels. However, there are occasions when even the most routine, everyday activities—things you didn't think could have such a profound impact—can cause your blood sugar to increase.
1. Not having breakfast
It’s commonly said that breakfast is the most significant meal of the day, and that is with good reason. Skipping your breakfast can raise blood sugar levels after lunch and dinner, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “...the omission of breakfast was associated with a significant increase in all-day blood sugar spikes," says Daniela Jakubowicz, M.D., a professor in the diabetes unit at the E. Wolfson Medical Center, Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Medical Center.
2. Getting sunburnt
Dehydration brought on by sunburn can boost blood sugar levels as you sweat more, which causes the kidneys to hold onto more water while the liver secretes more glucose or sugars, decreasing insulin sensitivity. Your sunburn may also cause discomfort, which can further contribute to stress, which raises blood sugar levels.
Coffee only causes problems for those who have diabetes or prediabetes. It may seem like a contradiction in words to avoid coffee, but evidence supports this.
Numerous natural enzymes found in coffee, including caffeine, have a variety of physiological effects. Sex hormone binding globulin, or SHBG hormone, is present in high concentrations in coffee consumers. According to studies, those with high levels of the SHBG hormone had a lower risk of developing diabetes. This definitive study shows that coffee has preventive properties, but only if you do not already have the condition.
4. Not getting enough sleep
All adults, including those with type 2 diabetes are recommended to get the same amount of sleep, which is seven to nine hours every night. The correlation between sleep and blood sugar arises because of the stress hormone called cortisol that is released when a person experiences lack of sleep. A lack of sleep also reduces the amount of insulin that is released which also contributes negatively to blood sugar levels.
Lack of water can cause hyperglycemia because the concentration of sugar in your blood increases. It is especially important for people with diabetes to stay hydrated and healthy throughout the day. The amount of water you should drink depends on your age and stage of life. Additionally, those with high levels of physical activity or body bulk have increased hydration requirements.
6. Artificial sweeteners
Many people who suffer from blood sugar problems tend to reach for zero-calorie, sugar free or diet drinks as a substitute for regular drinks. However, a review published in January 2021 revealed that artificial sweeteners may not be completely neutral after all, and may even contribute to impaired glucose homeostasis.
In conclusion, there are several natural ways to control your blood sugar levels, which include making lifestyle modifications, such as controlling your weight, stress levels, and sleep quality, exercising, and being hydrated. Having said that, seeking professional help, and supplementing your diet witn the necessary nutrition can also play a vital role in the managing of blood sugar levels.