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What are Diabetic Headaches?

  By posted May 23rd 2014
Healthy Living

 

 

What are Diabetic Headaches?

 

Sudden fluctuations of blood sugar levels can cause headaches in people with diabetes. So the only way to control it is by keeping blood glucose levels from undergoing sudden spikes or drops.


“Low blood sugar headache is associated with blood vessels in the brain. The brain needs a readily available supply of glucose to function well. If there isn’t a sufficient supply, it can result in a headache”, informs Dr Vijay Viswanathan of M.V diabetes Hospital.

 

He adds, stress hormones are also released, which can constrict blood vessels causing headache. Some people with diabetes have headaches due to frequent low levels of blood glucose followed by high levels. This is due to the release of hormones that increase blood glucose as a regulatory measure.

 

High blood glucose can cause headaches too. If blood sugar levels are high for a long time, the body increases urine output which can lead to dehydration, imbalance in electrolytes and a headache.

 

Dr Vijay shares ways to prevent a headache:

  • No sudden  fluctuations in blood glucose levels
  • Drink enough water
  • Avoid foods like caffeine, which can cause headaches
  • Avoid stress
  • Exercise is a great stress buster

 

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