Glucose Gone Astray
Out of control glucose is a serious issue, and never should be taken lightly. Whether the condition be hyperglycemia ( high blood sugar ), or hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar ), managing glucose levels is necessary to maintain optimum health, and a good quality of life. It is possible to have hypoglycemia while not being diagnosed as a diabetic, but the condition should be closely followed by an endocrinologist, and a preferred physician.
There are many possible reasons why glucose can become uncontrolled besides diabetes. Some examples are: liver cancer, mesothelioma, not eating, alcohol consumption, and possible over-dosage of insulin medications, both oral and subcutaneous. A physician can perform tests to help target the source of the uncontrolled glucose, and can implement the proper health plan to treat the problem.
If glucose levels become too low ( usually below 70 mg/dL), the body reacts viciously to the situation. If glucose plummet below 50 mg/dL, the function of the brain begins to be affected. A person may become lethargic, shaky, dizzy, incoherent, and could go into shock. These symptoms are the body’s natural reaction to the starvation of much needed sugars. Over time, repeated low glucose levels can cause serious damage to various organs and body systems. Damage to these areas is often irreversible and has long term disadvantages.
Renal failure is one of the first noticeable effects of uncontrolled glucose. The kidneys begin retaining toxins that would originally be filtered and removed. The unfiltered toxins are left to find an available residence in the body, and will eventually become evident by swelling of the feet, legs, fingers, hands, and face. These toxic swellings cause moderate to severe discomfort for the individual, and can reduce, or prevent, normal activities of daily living. Many individuals coping with renal failure will eventually succumb to a procedure known as dialysis. Dialysis is the removal of heavily accumulated toxins in the body by introducing an I.V into a vein, and flushing out the unhealthy toxins and replacing the body with clean, fresh blood. The number of dialysis procedures vary from person to person, depending on the severity, and stage of renal failure.
When glucose is uncontrolled, renal failure isn’t the only problem. Vision problems become prominent, and can result in blindness. The early signs of vision problems can include: blurred vision, seeing ” spots ” before the eyes, inability to focus clearly, headaches, and moments of black-outs. An optometrist can aid an individual with these problems, but once major damage has occurred to the optical nerves and blood supply, the damage isn’t curable. Some possible treatments may include: specially prescribed eye drops, glasses, oral medications, surgery, and a diet consisting of beta-carotene, and lutein. Losing the precious gift of eyesight is devastating, and life altering. Imagine never having the ability to see the faces of friends or family? It’s not a pretty thought, and for the benefit of a good quality of life, keep glucose levels under good control.
Another horrible effect of uncontrolled glucose is poor circulation. The parts of the body greatest affected by poor circulation are the legs, and the feet. These portions of the body receive lesser oxygen in general due to the presence of gravity; poor circulation due to uncontrolled glucose only heightens the effect. When feet and legs receive unhealthy, lowly-oxygenated blood supply, the delicate nerves and tissues begin to die. When those nerves and tissues die, walking can become impossible, and other serious problems can develop such as blood clots. To reduce major life-threatening issues such as blood clots, doctors will often suggest amputation of the affected areas.
The ultimate effect of uncontrolled glucose is death. Death can occur when the problem is ignored, or not properly treated over an uncertain period of time. It would be easy to say that it can take five, or even fifteen years for uncontrolled glucose to result in death, but that just isn’t possible. There’s really no absolute way to know how long it takes for death to occur because the body of each individual suffering from uncontrolled glucose, will react in various, and unpredictable ways. Dying from glucose related complications can potentially be avoided by taking charge, and managing glucose levels within the body.
Never ignore the signs or symptoms of uncontrolled glucose. If detected early enough, and with proper management, glucose control is quite manageable, and can save lives.