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Understanding and managing hyperglycemia

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Jun 12, 2024
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Hyperglycemia is blood glucose greater than 120 mg/dL while fasting or postprandial (after food consumption).

Causes of glucose spikes

  1. Food had a high Glycaemic Index (GI) i.e, it included more simple sugars and carbs
  2. Coffee intake leads to an increase in stress hormones that lead to a glucose spike
  3. High level of stress in the body in general due to external stressors
  4. Lack of sleep

In case the meal that spiked glucose has a combination of 2-3 individual food items, you would need to test out each one of them / a suspect food that spikes your glucose again and again.

For example, in chicken rice, generally, the suspect is rice due to high GI but in chicken rice followed by a milkshake, there are more items that need to be evaluated as well. You can find suspected meals that are spiking your glucose in Insights on the metabolism tab.

How can you fix this?

  1. Portion control: Reduce high GI foods
  2. Engage in physical activity to counter glucose spike(s)
  3. Exercise to lift up overall metabolism
  4. Get enough sleep to improve the body’s response to glucose
  5. Maintain low-stress levels

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