Factors that Affects Blood Sugar Level


Diabetes is really complicated and the swinging blood sugar levels are considered as the major culprits for causing it. No matter how diligent or aware you are, keeping track of your blood sugar levels sometimes becomes a tedious task. The reason behind it is a large number of factors affecting the blood sugar levels. Whether you blame your age or unhealthy food habits, the out of range blood sugar level is always something to ponder upon seriously. Therefore, it's time to get updated with every possible factor that affects the blood sugar level.

  1. Food and Drinks:

  2. Keeping very clear, foods rich in carbohydrates play the devil in shooting up the blood sugar levels. Keeping an eagle eye on the amount of carbohydrate you are inculcating in your diet becomes utmost important. Therefore, the complex carbohydrates which take a longer time to break down should be consumed. Some other important points to consider here are:

    • Artificial sweeteners : People love to splurge upon the ready to made meals, desserts, and caffeinated sugary drinks lesser knowing the fact that they have a high amount of sugar which elevates the blood sugar level manifolds.
    • A high-fat meal : Fatty foods increase insulin resistance in the body with the result of which the blood sugar levels get hampered to a great extent.
    • Skipping breakfast :Either you skip your breakfast in order to maintain your weight or it happens due to lack of time, it destabilizes the blood sugar levels throughout the day.
    • Drinking alcohol: When a person drinks alcohol the liver concentrates more on breaking it down rather releasing sugar into the blood. This leads the blood sugar level to drop down. And if it happens empty stomach the situation gets worse.
  3. Physical activities:

  4. Whether you are hitting the gym, doing brisk walks or performing simple yoga postures at home, every physical activity contributes somewhere to your blood sugar level. Therefore, it is advised to remain active and monitor your blood sugar level before, during and after performing exercises.

  5. Medications and health conditions:

  6. If you are already on some medication, it becomes highly important to monitor whether it's affecting the blood sugar level or not. Generally, the time you take your pill or the place where you get injected effects largely on the context. Some other health issues which can influence it are:

    • Menstruation cycle and pregnancy: Both are the cases where a rage of hormones flows through the blood. A great fluctuation in the blood sugar level is reported when a woman is on her periods or is pregnant.
    • Stress, illness or injury: While stressing out and illness give hormones reasons to get released; injury leads the body to discharge growth hormone, glucagon, and cortisol to regain the lost tissues. The insulin resistance gets elevated once the liver starts releasing glucose to cop up with the injury and illness.
  7. Lack of sleep:

  8. If you are insomniac or lacks sleep due to loads of work, your blood sugar level might get hampered in a negative way requiring much more insulin than the normal for a proper functioning of the body. Insufficient sleep shoddier the diabetes control to a great extent.

  9. Smoking cigarettes:

  10. People who are suffering from diabetes are advised to quit smoking as it again increases the insulin resistance. Apart from this, many other health complications may arise which can worsen the diabetic condition.