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10 unusual signs of high blood sugar in men

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If you experience any of these signs, get tested regularly to monitor your blood sugar levels.

High blood sugar, also known as hyperglycemia, can cause a variety of symptoms. Some of these signs are common, but there are also more unusual signs that may not be immediately associated with high blood sugar in men. Keep reading as we share a list of unusual signs to look out for.

10 unusual signs of high blood sugar that men should look out for:

1. Frequent infections

High blood sugar weakens the immune system, making men more susceptible to infections such as yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and skin infections.

2. Blurry vision

Elevated blood sugar levels can cause changes in vision, making it blurry or distorted. This is caused by swelling of the lens of the eye due to fluid movement.

3. Dry and itchy skin

High blood sugar can cause dry, itchy skin and slow wound healing. This is because your body’s ability to retain water and repair skin damage is reduced.

4. Unexplained weight loss

Although weight gain is often associated with high blood sugar, unexplained weight loss may also occur. This happens when your body cannot properly utilize glucose and begins to break down fat and muscle for energy.

5. Frequent thirst

Excess sugar in the blood draws water away from the body’s tissues, causing thirst and frequent urination.

6. Changes in sexual desire

High blood sugar can affect hormone levels and neurological function, leading to changes in libido and sexual performance.

7. Cuts and wounds heal slowly

Elevated blood sugar levels can impair blood circulation, reduce the body’s ability to heal wounds, and increase the time it takes for cuts and bruises to heal.

8. Numbness or tingling in the limbs

This is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage caused by prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels. It often affects the feet and hands, causing numbness, tingling, and burning.

9. Digestive problems

High blood sugar can affect digestion, causing symptoms such as frequent heartburn, indigestion, and even gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying).

10. Mood changes

Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect mood and cognitive function, leading to irritability, confusion, and difficulty concentrating.

To identify these signs, you should pay attention to changes in your body and seek medical advice if you experience any unusual symptoms.

To address these signs and manage high blood sugar:

  • Check your blood sugar levels regularly using a blood glucose meter as directed by your health care professional.
  • Follow your prescribed medication regimen, including insulin and oral medications, to help control your blood sugar levels.
  • Eat a balanced diet that’s low in sugar and carbohydrates and rich in fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats.
  • Participate in regular physical activity to lower blood sugar levels and improve your overall health.
  • Drink plenty of water to rid your body of excess sugar and stay hydrated.
  • Practice stress-reducing techniques like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and hobbies to help manage your blood sugar levels.
  • Attend regular check-ups with your health care provider to monitor your blood sugar levels, adjust your treatment plan, and address any new complications.

Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can lead to serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, vision problems, and even, in severe cases, diabetic coma. Therefore, it is important to promptly address any abnormal signs and work with your health care professional to effectively manage your blood sugar levels.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your doctor for more information. NDTV is not responsible for this information.

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