Blood sugar levels can either rise or fall below normal levels in people who have received a diagnosis of full-blown Type 2 diabetes, or those who yet have no idea they are on the way to developing diabetes. This is either called hypoglycemia when the blood sugar falls below levels in the normal range, and hyperglycemia when it rises above standard levels. When operating normally, the body restores the blood sugar level to a range of approximately 82 to 110 mg/dL (4.4 to 6.1 mmol/L).
Both of these situations can be dangerous when they occur. These variations take place inside a body Blood balance when there is a malfunction of the insulin hormone. Insulin is known to keep the blood sugar levels in the body stable. However, due to certain body malfunctions, insulin either gets produced in large quantities or less quantities. Keeping a balance of this hormone is essential: keeping your blood sugar levels in the normal range will almost ensure you will never develop diabetes complications. If you already had early complications when you were diagnosed, it can even reverse some complications like neuropathy.
When you have blood sugar issues, it is necessary you be alert all the time, even at work. Your work place is where you tend to get involved in tension or stress very easily… this can lead to a spike or crash. Keeping a balance of your blood sugar levels while at work can be done in the following ways.
1. Avoid drinking sweetened drinks and a lot of tea and coffee during working hours. Sugar filled drinks are empty calories you don’t need on top of having too much sugar.
2. If you work at a desk, then make sure you get up once an hour and walk around the office for about 5 minutes before starting work again.
3. Keep your lunch time routine. You don’t need to brown bag all your lunches. Call ahead of a restaurant if you are unsure of what they offer – ask what could be substituted or what options exist. This means when you arrive at the restaurant you already have a plan… and less anxiety. Most cafeterias or restaurants offer salad bars, diet soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, and low-fat salad dressings. These items are used by everyone, so you will not stand out in the crowd or be labeled.
4. Do not start work immediately after lunch. Take a short walk to help lower your blood sugar levels after eating.
Try to stay away from treats and sweets at the office because they can really wreak havoc on your body. The workplace can be one of the hardest locations to maintain a balanced blood sugar level simply because everyone is always bringing in cakes and cookies for different events. If you know these things happen, make sure you have a stash of something you can enjoy too.
Exercise is the mantra when balancing blood sugar levels. When in the office you cannot do strenuous exercises so even a short walk up the stairs, instead of using the elevator, would help. Exercise burns off excess blood sugar, so taking the stress reducing walk at lunch, or choosing to walk up the stairs over riding the elevator, can really help keep your blood sugar levels balanced.
See how your job actually affects your blood sugar. Take a week and test at various times throughout your work day to see if you experience any trends. Take this information along when you visit your doctor so he can help you to devise ways to do some preventative planning to avoid swings.