When we talk about health, we often hear about blood sugar and its regulation. Blood sugar is often mentioned in discussions about diabetes, and unfortunately, many people with diabetes know the consequences of blood sugar imbalances.

Diabetes comes in two forms: Type 1, where your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar; and type 2 causes your body to develop insulin resistance. About 21% of people with diabetes self-report that they don’t know they have it. What’s more surprising is that 1 in 3 adults have prediabetes, which can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is defined as blood sugar levels that are higher than average, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

However, if you don’t have diabetes, spotting the symptoms of high blood sugar can be tricky. With so many people on the verge of developing diabetes, it’s important to take a good look at your body and your habits. Of course, getting regular physicals and seeing your doctor every year is a great way to see if you have something deeper. If you’re wondering if you have high blood sugar, here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for.

What causes high blood sugar? Simply put, when blood sugar levels rise (and blood sugar levels rise), blood sugar levels rise. In a healthy body, the pancreas secretes insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels as glucose moves into our cells and muscles for later use. Eating a ton of sugary foods isn’t enough to keep your blood sugar out of whack. Your pancreas works hard (through itself) to keep blood glucose levels very low. This means that even if you eat 18 pieces of ground dough or 1 piece of licorice, your pancreas will still release insulin. Everything ingested is regulated, which helps the body function properly regardless of the occasional dietary choice.

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