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14 signs of High blood sugar and the neutralizing nutrition.



If you suffer from increased blood sugar levels you should be aware that it doesn’t always mean that you have diabetes. In fact, it might be one of the many diabetes symptoms, but not the main one.

You should definitely take seriously if you have increased blood sugar levels because even though it is not the main cause for diabetes, it could still lead to this condition.

It is important that you treat hyperglycemia on time in order to prevent further risk over your health.


You could actually spot high blood pressure very easily. In this article we are going to present to you 14 symptoms that you should be able to recognize in case of high blood sugar.

  1. Feeling constant thirst

  2. Recurring infections

  3. Impotence

  4. Longer recovery time for cuts and wounds

  5. Issues with the nerves

  6. Constant discomfort in the stomach

  7. Blurry vision

  8. Inability to remain focused

  9. Abdominal fat and weight gain

  10. Feeling constant hunger

  11. Fatigue

  12. Urging need for urinating

  13. Dry mouth

  14. Dry skin

Don’t worry too much in case you have any of these symptoms because having high blood sugar doesn’t mean you have diabetes. Here is how to reduce the high blood sugar levels:


It is most certain that you have already heard about glycemic index. GI is a scale where carbohydrates are classified based on the level at which they raise the blood sugar level in the body.

The scale ranges from 0-100 and the higher you find the food on the list the more sugar you intake into your blood.

High glycemic foods are in the range above 70 and it is best to avoid it. Some of the foods that have bellow 70 on the GI scale are rice cakes, popcorn, corn flakes, white bread, glazed donuts, and baked potatoes.

Next is the moderate glycemic group which ranges between 55-69 GI. This type of foods is brown rice, oatmeal, honey, mac and cheese, pita bread, and white rice.

The best group is the one that ranges between 0-54 GI. You could consume this type of food as much as you want because it doesn’t increase the level of sugar in the blood. Some of the most popular examples of this group of food arehummus, yellow onions, eggs, broccoli, grapefruit, walnuts, cherries, cashews, butter beans, apples, kidney beans, spaghetti, tomato juice, oranges, bananas, carrots, green grapes, peas, pineapple juice, turkey sausages, etc.


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Effects of Hot baths on inflammation, glucose metabolism



According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.

Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing attention from scientists.

Scientists now believe they offer some potential benefits, including improved vascular function and sleep.

Because hot baths are low cost and unlikely to cause significant side effects, understanding any benefits that a hot bath might have could be a quick win for medical science.

Recently, researchers set out to understand whether hot bath immersion could have an impact on metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.

 Almost 20 years ago, a paper concluded that hot water immersion of individuals with type 2 diabetes enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, it is still unclear how this might occur.

In the most recent study, the researchers dug a little deeper into the mechanisms at work. They theorized that the influence of a hot bath over glucose metabolism might revolve around the inflammatory response.


Inflammation and insulin resistance

There is some evidence that chronic, low-level inflammation increases insulin resistance. In other words, inflammation reduces a cell’s ability to respond to insulin, potentially contributing to the development of diabetes.

Conversely, exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity — meaning that the body has better control over glucose levels.

Although doctors often recommend exercise to reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, not everyone can exercise — perhaps due to health conditions or physical capacity. It is, therefore, essential to find alternative ways to improve insulin sensitivity for these people.

Exercise, as with other physical stressors, sparks a brief inflammatory response, followed by a more extended anti-inflammatory response. The researchers wanted to see if a different type of physical stressor — a hot bath — might have a similar effect on the immune system.

For this study, the researchers investigated the impact of a hot bath on overweight, mostly sedentary men. The findings were published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology.


Hot bath intervention

Each participant immersed themselves in a water bath set at 102°F (39°C) for 1 hour. Scientists took blood just before and after the bath, and then 2 hours later.

Also, the researchers charted the participants’ blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.

 Over the following 2 weeks, the participants had a further 10 hot water immersions.

The researchers found that a single hot water immersion caused a spike of interleukin — a marker of inflammation. Similarly, there was an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production.

The spike in NO is important because it causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure. NO also improves glucose intake into tissues, and scientists think it has anti-inflammatory properties.

As expected, the 2-week intervention saw a reduction in fasting blood sugar and inflammation. In the same way that exercise influences inflammation, the researchers saw an initial increase followed by a long-term decrease in inflammation.

The researchers also write that it “might have implications for improving metabolic health in populations unable to meet the current physical activity recommendations.”

It is important to note that the people who took part in the study did report some discomfort. This was either due to the length of time that they were required to stay in the bath or the high temperature. Future research might investigate whether shorter periods or lower temperatures might have similar benefits.

Of course, hot baths alone cannot treat metabolic disorders, but they may be a simple, cost-effective intervention that can run alongside other treatments.


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Experts recommend natural remedies to Diabetes.



Medical practitioners have recommended some natural remedies that could curb the increasing rate of diabetes in the country.

The practitioners offered the remedies in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

They spoke against the backdrop of this year’s World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated globally on November 14.

The practitioners said the awareness had become imperative because diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose.

“Diabetes usually is prevalent in middle aged and older adults but now becoming common in children. Adults are still at the highest risk than children,’’ Dr. Iorwuese Charles told NAN on phone.


He said that diabetes has to do with an increase sugar level in the blood caused by an absolute deficiency of insulin that affects one out of three adults.

Charles, a medical practitioner at Police Hospital Ado, Ekiti State, said that diabetes is a group of diseases that usually ends up in too much amount of sugar in the blood.


He advised families to always maintain good lifestyle habits to curb diabetes in their homes.

Charles said the symptoms in diabetes include increased frequency of urination, increase thirst, dry mouth, increase in eating with weight loss.

Other signs, he said, are: “Blurring of vision, tiredness, fatigue, mood swings, irritability, frequent urination at night and headaches.”

According to him, the symptoms of diabetes are endless with no permanent cure but with proper maintenance one could live a healthy life.


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