Blood Sugar Won’t Stay Up – What to Do?

Suddenly feeling dizzy? Head starts spinning out of the blue? Feeling drowsy and lethargic? Then it’s probably because the glucose level in your blood isn’t where it should be.

We consume sugar in foods as a source of energy. In that way, we maintain a constant level of sugar in our blood in the form of glucose. This level of blood sugar fluctuates within minutes depending on what we do. If these levels are too low, we experience the symptoms of low blood sugar.

If your blood sugar won’t stay up, there are measures you can take to control your blood sugar level and that’s what we will be talking about today.

We know that diabetic patients have erratic blood sugar levels. That’s because they have abnormalities in insulin that is produced in their bodies. However, blood sugar can go up and down rapidly in non-diabetic persons for different causes.

Now, let’s look at the causes of blood sugar rise and fall in non-diabetics.

Causes of Increased And Decreased Blood Sugar Level

The causes of high blood sugar in non-diabetics are as follows,

  • Illness or injury
  • Hormone disorders
  • Infections
  • Over-intake of food
  • Obesity and lack of physical exercise

Even when not eating, blood sugar levels can be high. This is because the liver converts glycogen stored in the body into glucose for energy.

The causes of low blood sugar in non-diabetics are below,

  • Medication
  • Eating disorders
  • Hormone disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Pancreatic tumor

So, as we can see, high and low blood sugar levels are possible without diabetes. Most of these factors can be kept under control by leading a healthy lifestyle, taking a nutritious and balanced diet as well as proper physical exercise.

There are many signs that may show you that you have high or low blood sugar. It’s important to understand these signs to take early action and protect your well-being.

So now, let’s take a look at the signs and symptoms of abnormal blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of fluctuating blood sugar

Symptoms of high blood sugar without diabetes are,

  • Increased thirst, dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache, Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nausea and Vomiting

In case of low blood sugar, the symptoms are,

  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations
  • Paleness
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety

A person with low blood sugar may also have a tendency to faint or lose consciousness.

So it’s important to keep an eye on any of the above symptoms to figure out for yourself if you have high or low blood sugar. If necessary, you can check it yourself. Remember the normal levels are 80 to 100 mg/dl. Any lower that, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

So What to Do if Blood Sugar Won’t Stay Up

If you have low blood sugar, the first course of action is to raise the sugar level back to the normal region of around 100 mg/dl.

So, it’s important to take sugar-rich foods or glucose immediately. You might want to try one of these following tips,

  • One glass of instant glucose
  • Four to six pieces of hard candy (not sugar-free)
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup soft drink (not sugar-free)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (put it under your tongue so it gets absorbed into your bloodstream faster)

In the case of a person who is unconscious due to low blood sugar, a Glucagon injection has to be given to him immediately.

Aside from this, prescribed medication by a doctor is the best low blood sugar treatment.

Bottom Line

So in conclusion, these are the most effective ways to help you if your blood sugar won’t stay up. Taking a positive step to change your habits to a more health-conscious lifestyle also goes a long way.

Best of luck!

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I'm a medical student from Bangladesh. As a doctor in the making, I'm fascinated by the regular advancements of medical science. This fuels my passion for trying to follow a health-conscious lifestyle. I love writing and sharing thoughts and ideas. I hope that my work can reach out and help people to enjoy a healthy, happy life. Muhtasim Munir MBBS (3rd year) Armed Forces Medical College