With all the processed food available, it's difficult to know the amount of sugar our blood ends up accumulating. Too much sugar can lead to a very serious disease we've all heard of — diabetes.

If you notice these three factors in your body, it's time to make a change in your nutrition habits:

1. Feeling hungry all the time

Feeling hungry throughout the day (even after you have eaten) indicates excess sugar in the bloodstream. If you notice excess or frequent hunger throughout your day, it's time to make a positive change in your diet.

2. Excessive thirst

No matter how much water you drink, that dry mouth feeling just won't go away. This is an important sign that your body needs to detox and cleanse. Keep drinking water and cut back the excess processed sugar you're consuming.

3. Going to the bathroom more often

The body eliminates toxins through urine, and needing to use the bathroom more than usual could mean your body is trying to get rid of excess sugar.

Although these are common symptoms of high blood sugar, they could also be related to other health issues, such as anxiety. Listen to your body and make sure you're giving it what it needs.

If your body is warning you of high blood sugar, here are some things you can do to change your lifestyle:

  • Decrease processed foods, such as crackers, white bread, potatoes, soft drinks, juices and treats

  • Decrease over-the-counter medication like pain-relievers

  • Substitute high-sugar foods with low-sugar foods

  • Prepare your meals at home

  • Exercise regularly

When people don't change their habits and continue to take in large amounts of sugar, they can develop very serious illnesses. Be aware of these early signs of high blood sugar as noted by WebMD:

  • Increased thirst

  • Headaches

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Blurred vision

  • Frequent bathroom visits

  • Fatigue

  • Weight loss

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's best to talk to a doctor immediately to get the right help to fix it and prevent it from causing further issues.

This article has been adapted and translated from the original "3 fatores que indicam que você está com muito açúcar no sangue," which was originally published on familia.com.br.

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