There are four main pillars for following a healthy diabetes or prediabetes lifestyle, involving (1) diet, (2) exercise, (3) a system to monitor preprandial (before-meal) and postprandial (after-meal) blood glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels, and (4) medicine when required. Do you know the reason why we need to monitor both preprandial and postprandial blood sugar levels?
It’s because of postprandial hyperglycemia. Let’s see the details.
What is postprandial hyperglycemia? And why should you pay attention to it?
In the early stages, postprandial hyperglycemia is often hardly noticeable if you don’t monitor after-meal blood sugar levels. Still, it is one of the critical indicators in diabetes and prediabetes.
Postprandial hyperglycemia is high blood sugar following a meal. Postprandial hyperglycemia may account for high HbA1c levels in people with otherwise satisfactory blood glucose control.
According to WHO (the World Health Organization), the normal after-meal glucose level should be less than 140 mg/dl.
If the glucose level is more than 140 mg/dl after a meal (2 to 4 hours), it can say “you have postprandial hyperglycemia.”
What are the symptoms and complications of postprandial hyperglycemia?
Hyperglycemia often doesn’t cause any particular symptoms until glucose levels become significantly high, i.e., greater than 180 or 200 mg/dl. Early symptoms are usually mild, and people may not notice these early signs and symptoms, but if the issue isn’t addressed, more severe symptoms may develop. If you leave hyperglycemia untreated, you may develop serious complications.
Typical early signs and symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision, fatigue, and headache. These are tough to notice when you have a busy and stressful lifestyle!
If hyperglycemia goes untreated, the later signs are serious and can be an emergency. In that case, toxic acids (ketones) can build up in your blood and urine (ketoacidosis), with signs such as fruity-smelling breath, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, dry mouth and abdominal pain. These signs and symptoms can indicate dangerous conditions such as diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS).
In the long-term, hyperglycemia can cause complications such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage (diabetic nephropathy) or kidney failure, damage to the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy, potentially leading to blindness), and foot problems.
How do you manage the rapid rise of after-meal blood sugar levels?
Teatis Tea is here to help!
Do you know that brown seaweed can have a suppressive effect on hyperglycemia? The results of studies show that brown seaweed extract inhibits α- glucosidase and α-amylase activities associated with hyperglycemia. Other research shows that brown seaweed reduces the post-meal rise in blood glucose by 48% in human data.
Teatis Tea is blended with brown seaweed, and a cup of tea includes 500 mg of Arame seaweed. Before meals, a cup of tea can be a good option to moderate the rapid rise of blood sugar levels in your daily life.
Teatis Tea is
- Science-backed: The main ingredient is seaweed that has a suppressive effect on hyperglycemia.
- 100% real-food sugar blockers
- Formulated with doctor’s advice
- A tasty latte of powder in two flavors: Turmeric & Ginger and Matcha
The easiest way to prevent postprandial hyperglycemia is to modify what you eat/drink in the early stage. Certain diabetes medicines can have side effects, such as low blood sugar.
The combo of healthy eating and Teatis Tea latte can make a significant difference in your brand-new lifestyle. Your joyful premeal teatime can be an excellent prevention of postprandial hyperglycemia. Sip tasty Golden latte/ Matcha latte. And remember, there are many aspects of your diabetes care you can control!
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