Glucose Numbers Tell A Story

Rely on Your Numbers, Not on How You Feel
Glucose check at doctor

Everyone is different. When blood sugar levels begin to rise or fall outside of normal range, some people with diabetes might not experience any symptoms, while others might have recognizable physical signs.

Your blood sugar level can be affected by factors such as:

  • Illness
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Excessive heat

You don't have to rely on physical symptoms to tell you when your blood sugar levels are falling outside of normal range. To eliminate some of the confusion about what certain symptoms might indicate, people with diabetes should rely on the numbers they get from home blood sugar monitoring. Maintaining tight control over your diabetes requires daily monitoring to ensure that your blood sugar levels are right on target.

Remember to refer to your user's guide for instructions on proper usage of your home blood sugar monitor. Monitor your glucose levels as often as your health care provider advises and more often if you miss or add a meal, change your exercise pattern, or feel sick.

Hyperglycemia: Physical Signs That Blood Sugar Levels Are Too High

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Abdominal pain

Hypoglycemia: Physical Signs That Blood Sugar Levels Are Too Low

  • Shakiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Headache
  • Pale skin color
  • Sudden moodiness or behavioral changes
  • Clumsy or jerky movements
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Confusion
  • Tingling sensations around the mouth