How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Fast
Water and exercise can bring down high blood sugar levels fast.
Quick and natural ways to reduce high glucose levels
Dangerously high blood glucose levels (300+) require emergency medical treatment. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you can't get to a doctor or administer your insulin, here are two ways to lower your blood sugar quickly and naturally.
Flush out the sugar
Drink two glasses (8 oz.) of water quickly. Wait for five minutes and drink a third glass. Urinate as soon as possible. Water dilutes the blood and flushes out the sugar from your bloodstream.
Burn off the sugar
Use up the glucose in your bloodstream with physical movement. Jog, if you can. Ride on a stationary bicycle or do some calisthenics like jumping jacks. If you are confined to a wheelchair, swing your arms in circular movements. Keep up the activity for at least five minutes. Do be careful not to overdo as overexercise can prompt the liver to release more glucose. Test your blood sugar after five minutes of movement.
Often, symptoms of a cold or other illness can mask the signs of dangerously high or low blood sugar levels. This is why there is no substitute for testing. Guessing is dangerous.
Symptoms that require emergency room treatment
If your high blood sugar level does not come down within an hour of the above temporary measures and is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, seek emergency room treatment immediately:
- severe diarrhea
- visual problems
- excessive sleepiness
- foggy or impaired thinking
If you cannot keep liquids down or cannot lower your blood sugar reading, go immediately to the nearest emergency room. You may be in the early stages of ketoacidosis. If left untreated, high glucose levels or hyperglycemia could cause life-threatening dehydrationm loss of consciousness (diabetic coma) and death. Ketoacidosis cannot be self-treated. You will require intravenous fluids and insulin.
Please do not listen to other diabetics who may tell you that they had high glucose readings (400+) and "were fine." Every body responds differently.
Don't rely on your past ability to "sense" if your blood sugar is too high or too low. Not every episode will be the same. Also, cold symptoms can mask the usual signs. I know. I nearly died from ketoacidosis because I thought I "only had a cold." You can read about it here: "My Ketoacidosis and Diabetic Dangers of the Common Cold."
Why blood sugar spikes
Common reasons for skyrocketing glucose levels include the following:
- not taking insulin or diabetic medication properly
- not getting enough exercise
- not following dietary guidelines for diabetics (eating starches and sugars)
- malfunction of diabetic pumps
- change in medications
- illness or infection
- stress or trauma
Not a replacement for doctor-prescribed care
These are temporary measures for lowering your glucose level and should not be used as a replacement for doctor-prescribed treatment. Keep your blood sugar levels within acceptable levels by taking appropriate medication, regular exercise, plenty of water and a healthy diet monitored by your diabetic counselor.
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