Is your blood sugar all over the place? Do you need some useful tips on diabetes? Keep reading to learn how to bring blood sugar down and find out some useful, interesting information about diabetes!
How to Bring Blood Sugar Down
Suffering from high blood sugars? There are a few things you can do to bring your blood sugar down.
You may need more medicine. If you’re on insulin (or pills for type 2 diabetes), you should call your doctor. He or she can make adjustments to your medications.
With insulin, you will usually receive instructions on giving a “correction dose” of rapid (Humalog/Novolog) or fast-acting (Regular/R) insulin. For instance, in my instructions, if my blood sugar is over 100, I need 1 unit of insulin to bring my blood sugar down by 25 points.
If my sugar is 150, I would take 2 units of insulin. If it’s 200, I would take 4 units. This is EXTRA insulin on top of what I’m taking to account for my carbohydrates.
My carb to insulin ratio is 8:1. So if my blood sugar is 150 and I’m eating 40 grams of carbs, I would take 7 units of insulin, and that should keep my blood sugar levels normal after my meal.
If you don’t know how to count carbs or you’re on a set or sliding scale insulin regimen, talk to your endocrinologist about switching to a carb ratio/correction method.
It offers better control of your blood sugars, and you will need to learn this method if you decide to try insulin pump therapy in the future.
Oral Diabetes Medications
If you take pills to help control your diabetes, your doctor may have to add a different type of pill to help keep your blood sugar down or increase the dose of the pills you’re already on.
There are many different types of oral diabetes medications that can help. Talk to your doctor about which types work for you. They all work in different ways. Some increase the amount of insulin you produce, others reduce the amount of glucagon your liver puts out, and others help with insulin resistance.
If your blood sugar is not TOO high, you can exercise to bring it down. Go for a brisk walk. Let the dog take you for a walk (that’s how it is in my house, anyway!). Head to the gym. Go swimming.
Exercise is a touchy area for people with diabetes. You should not exercise if your blood sugar is too low or too high. This article from the Mayo Clinic says you need to check your blood sugar before, during, and after exercise.
According to the article, if your blood sugar is:
- “Lower than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L).Your blood sugar may be too low to exercise safely. Eat a small snack containing 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates, such as fruit juice, fruit, crackers or even glucose tablets before you begin your workout.
- 100 to 250 mg/dL (5.6 to 13.9 mmol/L).You’re good to go. For most people, this is a safe pre-exercise blood sugar range.
- 250 mg/dL (13.9 mmol/L) or higher.This is a caution zone — Your blood sugar may be too high to exercise safely. Before exercising, test your urine for ketones — substances made when your body breaks down fat for energy. The presence of ketones indicates that your body doesn’t have enough insulin to control your blood sugar.”
They say if you exercise while you have ketones, you could get ketoacidosis. This is a life-threatening illness affecting diabetics. You should wait to exercise until your ketones read negative.
Eat Protein with Your Carbs
Whenever you eat carbohydrates, throw a serving of protein in there. The protein will help stabilize the carbs so they won’t spike your blood sugar and the energy you get from them will last longer.
Other Tips for Diabetics
Watch for hidden sugars in foods. Make sure you read the label. Your doctor may tell you to try low-fat items such as salad dressings, mayo, etc, but often times when they take the fat out of something, they add sugar to make it taste better.
Low Sugar Items
Try low-or-reduced-sugar jams, jellies, and other condiments such as syrup and ketchup. These will help keep those surprise “what did I eat?!?” highs from sneaking up on you!
The latest studies reveal that sugar substitutes, such as Splenda (sucralose) or Equal (NutraSweet) are, indeed, safe to consume and they may help you to lose weight if that is your goal.
Stevia is also a great sugar substitute, although it can have a bit of a strange after-taste. I started using it because it is a more “natural” sugar substitute, and I got over the after-taste very quickly. I don’t even notice it anymore.
Blood Glucose Testing
If you dislike the multiple finger sticks every day, try the new Freestyle Libre . No, this is not an advertisement for them. This is the only blood glucose measuring device on the market that offers a NO finger stick solution.
You only have to prick your finger if you have a high or low on the sensor in order to confirm it’s accurate. Otherwise, you insert a sensor and wear it for 2 weeks, then throw it away and put in a new one.
If you want to learn more about different blood glucose meters, check out my blog HERE.
A Final Word
Hopefully these tips have taught you how to bring blood sugar down and given you a few pointers. If you still need a boost to keep those sugars under control, try Bioterra Herbs’ Blood Glucose formula. Click the image to the right for a link to learn more about and purchase the product!