High blood sugar levels can be a predictor of death and can cause the heart to beat faster.
That’s why it’s so important to be monitoring blood sugar closely when you eat and drink, said Dr. Robert J. Lustig, an expert on nutrition and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
But you should still watch for signs of low blood glucose, he said.
Low blood sugar can lead to an increase in the amount of oxygenated blood and may lead to heart attacks and strokes, Lustig said.
Symptoms of low sugar include sweating, nausea, weight loss, and dizziness.
You may also have more problems with your body’s response to sugar, said James J. Fogg, a cardiologist and the director of the Cardiology Clinic at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
Symptoms can include weakness, shortness of breath, and a lightheaded feeling.
Your doctor can tell if you have low blood sugars by watching your body for blood sugar rises.
Symptoms also can occur when your body produces insulin, a hormone that helps control your blood sugar.
Symptoms usually develop about two weeks after you eat or drink, Lusty said.
High blood pressure symptoms symptoms usually develop three weeks after the last meal, he added.
Low sugar also may be associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
“Low blood sugar might lead to a predisposition to cancers like lung, breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate,” Lustig told ABC News.
Low-carb diet and the heart disease link Low-glycemic index diets are a way to lower blood sugar and insulin levels without eating too much.
A low-carbohydrate diet is one that includes low amounts of carbs and fats and high amounts of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
The body uses fat as a source of energy and can be affected by low levels of the hormone insulin, which is produced in the pancreas and is associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions.
The effects of insulin on the body have been linked to the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that people with high levels of insulin had higher risk of developing type 2 diabetics, such as type 1 diabetes.
Another study published last year found that low-glycemia diets led to increased blood pressure and the development and progression of type 2 diabetic liver disease.
Low cholesterol also may affect your risk of heart disease.
People with high cholesterol levels have a higher risk for heart disease than people with normal levels of cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association.
Low triglycerides are another fat that is a source for fat that your body can use for energy, and it also plays a role in heart disease risk factors.
High triglycerides may cause low blood vessel density and blood clots in the heart.
Low HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, is also considered a risk factor for heart attacks.
Low levels of HDL cholesterol can also be linked to elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low blood clotting.
Low LDL cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol is another risk factor associated with heart disease and stroke.
HDL and LDL are a type of fat that carries some of the same risk factors for heart diseases.
It also plays an important role in cardiovascular disease.
These two types of fat can also increase your risk for type 2 and type 3 diabetes, according the American Diabetes Association.
The low-fat diet also has been linked with a reduction in the risk of some cancers.
In addition to low blood cholesterol, low levels also may contribute to heart failure.
Low protein and fat intake, as well as high fiber intake, have also been linked as possible factors in heart failure, Lustige said.
“It may be that you need a more complex approach to the diet than simply consuming foods with a high glycemic index,” he said, adding that it is important to avoid high-fat and low-protein foods that contain too many calories.
The American Heart Foundation recommends that low glycemic food items be included in the diet to reduce the risk for diabetes.
It is also important to limit intake of processed foods and drinks, which can cause inflammation, he explained.
Low fiber, protein, and vegetables may also help to lower the risk.
Low carbohydrate diets also may help to control blood pressure.
However, there are concerns that the diets may be too low in fiber and protein.
You should also be aware that people who follow a low-calorie diet with a higher glycemic load will need to monitor blood sugar for more than 24 hours a day, Lusti said.
You can reach the National Center for Health Statistics at 1-800-318-2561 or go to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.