bringing down bs

By De60 Latest Reply 2012-08-07 05:05:50 -0500
Started 2012-07-28 18:11:15 -0500

how do you bring your numbers down ?

34 replies

diabetesfree 2012-07-31 07:07:42 -0500 Report

It all depends on exactly what you mean by your question. Are you talking about a long-term strategy for lowering blood sugar levels and treating diabetes or simply an emergency "stop gap" method of getting your blood sugar levels to drop immediately? For long-term goals, there are plenty of suggestions on Diabetic Connect from hundreds of experienced readers. They may or may not agree on methods of treatment. If you find yourself in some type of "emergency" situation, such as you are stuck somewhere without access to your medications and/or insulin and find your blood glucose levels on the rise, here are some emergency tips.

1. Don't eat much/anything with carbohydrates or sugar until you can gain access to your medications again.
2. If you feel that you have to eat something, keep it very high in fiber with high-quality protein.
3. Exercise. It can gradually lower your blood glucose levels.
4. Don't Panic! Easier to say than to do, stress will raise your blood glucose, heartbeat and blood pressure. Try to find some way to calm your mind.
5. Drink water. When your blood glucose levels start to rise, you become more prone to dehydration. This can lead to even more serious side-effects than your diabetes. Water or non dehydrating drinks (no sugar or caffeine) will help to keep you hydrated and slightly reduce your blood glucose levels.

Hope this helps!

Nana_anna 2012-07-31 15:33:34 -0500 Report

I had no clue about your #5..there.

diabetesfree 2012-07-31 18:34:03 -0500 Report

Dehydration is very common when blood glucose levels are high, due to frequent urination. All of that water going out has to be replaced, but diabetics often don't realize just how much water they are losing. Things get worse much faster if you are too warm and losing water through sweat. Blood can be noticeably thicker and more difficult to draw when dehydration occurs. Even a simple blood sample for a test strip can be hard to get. If not treated promptly, you may need to be properly rehydrated via an IV drip. Most times you can just rehydrate orally though.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-29 17:55:36 -0500 Report

Walking will get the numbers down and paying attention the what kinds of carbs you are eating and how much. If your numbers are up try a tablespoon or two in an 8 ounce glass of water or drink as much water as possible.

Type1Lou 2012-07-29 16:58:39 -0500 Report

Walking at a brisk pace for 45 to 50 minutes makes my BS drop about 100 points. For example, this morning, my fasting was 191 (too high!) After my 30 grams of carb for breakfast, I laced on my walking shoes and did my 50 minute walk. When I got back, my BG was 80.

jigsaw 2012-07-28 19:57:30 -0500 Report

If your bloodsugar is high after a meal, do some exercise to burn off the sugar! A 20 min brisk walk will will usually work. Exercise sensitizes your insulin and actually has the same effect as some medications.

Nick1962 2012-07-28 18:23:26 -0500 Report

For me, its all in the food.

De60 2012-07-28 18:27:03 -0500 Report

i mean if you test after a meal like 2 hrs.

Nick1962 2012-07-28 18:32:07 -0500 Report

Oh sorry. If I'm still high after 2 hours, i try to drink as much water as possible. Many folks also swear by vinegar. It's unusual, but I also found that by eating stuff like celery to try to "push out" the bad sugars can help too. Trick is to not get those spikes in the first place if you can avoid it.

De60 2012-07-28 18:56:35 -0500 Report

yeah i ate some cheese dip and didnt read the lables. just didnt know how to bring them down thank you.

Nick1962 2012-07-28 19:00:30 -0500 Report

Cheese dip will do it sometimes. Once you get to the point where you have good control, you might notice the spikes not happening as bad.