Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia Affects Mental Health
Updated: 4 days ago
Could your anxiety and inability to cope with stress be due to your blood sugar levels? You do not have to be diabetic to monitor your blood sugar levels. We should monitor our blood sugar levels regularly for three months every two to three years, even if we are not diabetic, to ensure that our pancreas works well.
Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia
Hyperglycemia occurs when blood sugar levels are too high, and when it is chronically high, they develop diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease with far-reaching health effects.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that starts in childhood. Here, the body's immune system attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin or produces too little. Thus, diabetics and pre-diabetic patients often have high blood sugar levels in their bodies.
In Type 2 diabetes, insufficient insulin is released into the bloodstream, or the insulin cannot be used properly by the body. Type-2 diabetes is a progressive disease, meaning that it happens over time. In Type 2 diabetics, the pancreas develops problems releasing insulin, and eventually, this form of diabetes will also make it harder for your cells to use insulin, leading to what is called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who are overweight or obese.
Diabetics need to test their sugar levels daily. But pricking the side of your fingertip with the lancet several times a day can be painful, or injecting yourself with insulin before meals can be tedious after some time.
To reduce the monitoring stress, at 360 Wellness Hub, we use continuous glucometers with sensors to help patients monitor their sugar levels without pricking themselves multiple times daily.
Different types of diabetes
Besides Type 1 and 2 diabetes, pregnant women can also get diabetes. That’s called gestational diabetes. You may also have heard of prediabetes and insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes (though it’s not too late to stop that from happening through lifestyle change).
In both types of diabetes, blood sugar rises. High blood sugar for a long time can damage blood vessels and organs like your eyes, heart, and kidneys. Because your body can't use glucose properly for energy, diabetes can make you feel very tired.
Why is insulin important?
We need insulin to live. Without insulin, sugar in the form of glucose builds up in the blood because it cannot be taken out of the blood and used by the body. Your pancreas makes insulin and releases it into the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that helps to control your body's blood sugar level and metabolism. Metabolism is the process that turns the food you eat into energy. Without insulin, your body will not have the energy to function properly.
What is the function of insulin?
After you eat, your intestines break down carbohydrates from food into glucose, a type of sugar. That glucose goes into your bloodstream, raising your blood sugar level.
Your pancreas is an organ that sits just behind your stomach. It releases insulin to control the level of glucose in your blood.
Your body makes and releases insulin in a feedback loop based on your blood sugar level. At its most basic level, it’s similar to your home's heating and cooling system, which releases cool or warm air as the temperatures rise or fall.<