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7 Sneaky Signs Your Blood Sugar Is Too High

Your symptoms might be a sign of health troubles to come.

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Here’s a scary stat: More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes—a condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high—but more than 8 million of them don’t even know it, according to datafrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That’s bad news. When left unchecked, the condition can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

One of the reasons why so many people end up going untreated is because the symptoms caused by high blood sugar are sneaky. They tend to develop gradually, so you might not realize that you’re sick, says Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of The End of Diabetes. And even when you notice something is off, the signs can be vague, so you might not make the connection to diabetes.

That’s why it’s important to know what to watch for. Here are 7 unexpected signs that your blood sugar levels might be too high. How many do you have?

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DIABETES SIGN: YOU’RE PEEING NONSTOP.

Increased urination is telltale sign that your blood sugar could be out of control.

When you have too much glucose—or sugar—in your bloodstream, your kidneys try to flush out the extra through your urine, explains Dr. Fuhrman.

As a result, you end up having to pee more often than usual, including in the middle of the night. Since you’re losing so much fluid, you’ll probably feel extra thirsty and your mouth will be dry, too, he says.(For more health news delivered right to your inbox, sign up for our Daily Dose newsletter.)

RELATED: EAT LESS OF THIS SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP AT NIGHT TO PEE

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DIABETES SIGN: YOU’RE CRAZY THIRSTY.

Peeing more often means that your body is getting rid of more water than usual, which puts you at risk for dehydration, says Dr. Furhman.

That can leave you feeling thirsty and cotton-mouthed, even if it seems like you’re drinking the same amount of water as always. Plus, since you’re drinking more, that will also make you pee more, too.

RELATED: 4 SIGNS YOU'RE DANGEROUSLY DEHYDRATED DURING YOUR WORKOUT

 

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