We are allways told how to bring our blood sugars up.

By papalaribee Latest Reply 2011-07-06 18:43:04 -0500
Started 2011-07-05 23:53:45 -0500

Hello can anyone tell me how to bring my blood suger down when it is way to high? My Dr. tells me how to bring it up with oj or a glass of sugar water etc but I have never been told how to bring it down. thanks from papalaribee

10 replies

CaliKo 2011-07-06 14:37:03 -0500 Report

If it's extremely high, you go to the hospital. If its just somewhat higher than your target ranges, it depends on your treatment. If you are on insulin, here is an article about ups and downs: http://www.forecast.diabetes.org/back-basics-.... If you are diet and exercise controlled, you typically increase exercise or lower the grams of carbs you are consuming. Sometimes just changing your carb choices can help, switching from simple carbs to complex carbs. Or spreading the carbs out more evenly throughout the day. It takes practice and patience if you are using lifestyle changes to meet your goals. Good luck.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 14:34:27 -0500 Report

Drink water and light exercise, such as walking works to a certain degree. If I get over 400, I will take 1/4 to 1/2 cup of straight Vodka and drink water. In about an hour it will drop 100 points, as long as it wasn't still on its way up. No juice, no soda with it, just sip it straight.

edvel54 2011-07-06 13:09:21 -0500 Report

In a article I read it said if your sugar spikes high to walk it off, but don't do any exercise that's really physical. If my sugar is constantly high, I am to take more insulin.

JoleneAL 2011-07-06 09:54:08 -0500 Report

I've been told a large glass of water and movement brings down highs. I've also been told NOT to do those with highs, but get to the ER. Prior to Novolog, I would power walk a mile to knock the highs down. But I agree with scribbles, if we as patients do not demand the best treatment WE ARE PAYING FOR, we will be stuck with crap.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-06 13:08:22 -0500 Report

When I get up in the morning, if my blood sugar is high, I will not eat a thing and drink water. It seems to help while I work to bring my blood sugar down. Darrin

scribbles 2011-07-06 04:22:53 -0500 Report

I am up on my soapbox about this. I use the residency center here and change doctors every 3 years. I asked a teaching doctor why they usually came in bunches and he said "Because you always make them pay attention."
I have been on insulin since 1997. One new guy cut my insulin from 10 units pre-meal to 2 units. I ended up in the hospital and when I saw him I threw a fit!
Basically, what I'm saying is talk to your doctor. If that does no good, go to the diabetes educator. Then an endocrinologist. If you are still talking to a wall, tell your doctor that if something doesn't change for the better soon, your family will charge him with attempted murder. (that will assuredly get his attention!)
A GOOD doctor will have you test too many times a day and put you on all sorts of meds in all sorts of amounts. I am on a long-acting insulin and a short-acting one AND have a sliding scale for when my bg is too high. Is that what you need?
Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease! Happy Squeaking!

NavyNerd 2011-07-06 18:43:04 -0500 Report

AMEN!! I had the first half dozen or more endos tell me I was a 'fat, lazy, diabetic who didn't follow instructions' meaning diets. The same time my dietician told me I was starving myself and needed to increase carbs. My husband would have to pick me up out of teh dumps after every appointment and encouraged me to find a new endo. I went through 10 I think before I found an awesome doc, who listened, was willing to read up on my conditions, and actively worked WITH me to help me. Now I am finally getting things under control and I have some of teh top specialists in teh world all working together with my PCM to get me better. (I have other endo issues that make my diabetes incredibly difficult to treat and my weight virtually impossible to control.) I would have given up without dh cheering me on and helping me find new docs.. Squeaking really works!!

Kysiall 2011-07-06 00:25:06 -0500 Report

I know how u feel. My b/s was 350-400+ and my Dr just wasn't concerned. I changed Dr. went to an endocrinlogist, Some what better, but still have high numbers. They {drs} just don't get it, just because they give you some meds or insulin and tell you to eat right it doesn't always work. I don't think I'll ever have low numbers. It's hard Drs and Diabetic educators are so concerned about low b/s, they never deal with High numbers. My former Dr. used to tell me "go to the ER, they give you some insulin to bring it down", well I can't just run to the ER all the time.

fraejo 2011-07-06 10:08:30 -0500 Report

I agree with you. Doctors can be frustrating. Maybe if the doctor was a diabetic also treatment would be better. My doctor just switched me from oral meds (Januvia and Metformin) to the Levemir Flexpen, 20 units daily. She had her assistant show me how to give the injection and I was instructed to take 20 units once a day in the morning. It's my habit to read about any meds I have to take, so I read the literature on Levemir. Turns out single doses are suppose to be taken in the evening, not the morning. If I could find that out so easily, why couldn't my doctor. As I said, doctors can be frustrating.

JoleneAL 2011-07-06 10:24:35 -0500 Report

Yes, that is the suggested time to take the medication; but I know people that take it in split doses as well.