Blood Sugar Swing

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If you have diabetes, you know how hard it can be to keep your blood glucose level balanced.

But even when you follow a proper diet, exercise, and medication routine, blood sugar 'swings' can still happen. So, what's going on?

With diabetes, your pancreas may not produce enough insulin OR your body may not be able to use insulin effectively.

Some people are able to control their blood sugar level with diet and exercise, while others may need medication or insulin injections.

Insulin is important, because it helps your body use glucose for energy. When your cells take in glucose, it's removed from your bloodstream, which lowers your blood sugar level.

There are lots of things that can cause your blood sugar to swing.

For example, dehydration, illness, stress, or lack of sleep can all trigger your blood sugar to spike. If your level is too low, it could be from taking too much medication by mistake, skipping meals, drinking alcohol, or even exercising too intensely.

Be sure to test your blood sugar often and keep track of how you feel when your level is either too high or too low.

If you're 'swinging' too much, talk to your doctor -- you might need to adjust your treatment plan, so you can get off the swing and get on with life.