what do you do to bring your blood sugar down?

By denipink57 Latest Reply 2014-02-01 15:22:46 -0600
Started 2013-12-14 19:27:21 -0600

i understand what to do to avoid having high blood sugar. i need to learn more about what i can do to bring it down once it is too high.

what do you do?

32 replies

jigsaw 2013-12-20 06:15:47 -0600 Report

Are you experiencing High blood glucose frequently? Are you saying that once it gets high, it's difficult to get it to come down?
For most of us, there is a combination of things that we do to contol blood glucose, and avoid unnecessary highs. If you are not utilizing the correct and balanced combination, that just might be the reason for excessively hi blood glucose.As a rule, a good healthy food plan, exercise plan, and medication when necessary will keep blood glucose well managed. If blood glucose is not well controlled, then an adjustment of the above mentioned is probably needed.
I'm sure that most of us experience occasional hi blood glucose, even when we are doing a good job managing our diabetes. When this happens, I take a brisk 1/2 hour walk around the block, and keep well hydrated with water.

denipink57 2013-12-20 07:24:19 -0600 Report

i have been experimenting with diet. i first ate Vegan then Vegetarian and then Paleo. this put me on a blood sugar roller coaster ride. i finally have settled on a god diabetic diet. i have ordered a book and it will contain meal plans as well as instruction on counting carbs and eating the proper foods. i was eliminating whole food groups and was not getting proper nutrition. i was eating fish and salad or meat and salad and wasn't eating much starch. i now understand i must eat a starch with each meal in order to process the insulin right. so that said — i strive to walk daily but i haven't been able to fit that into my busy schedule. for example i am writing a book. i must reschedule and write only after i take care of my diabetes and that means to exercise daily.

i have not had a lot of highs and i know why i get them — too much carbs, processed foods and sugar. i call that kind of eating treats. well, i can have limited lower carb lower sugar treats if i want to keep my bs down.

i have learned all this now. i just was worried last time my bs went too high. i drank a lot of water but did not walk. too busy. see what i mean? i was just looking for more suggestions about what i can do when my bs is too high. the consensus seems to be to drink lots of water and exercise.

thanks very much, Denise

jigsaw 2013-12-20 17:05:00 -0600 Report

I think the consensus is good. Your innate curiosity seems to be leading you down the right path. I believe experimenting is a very positive move, and a great way to learn. It's definitely helped me to improve various areas of my diabetes mgmt.

MiracleYoloStrong 2013-12-18 20:24:54 -0600 Report

1.) Drink a lot of water
2.) Exercise
and if that fails
Emergency room.

Personally I drink a lot of water, but because my mom is very overprotected, so takes me straight to the nearest hospital and they pump me full of Insulin. I personally hate insulin, I hate the smell and the way it makes me feel.

Rebelove 2013-12-18 16:45:06 -0600 Report

I also up my water intake and go for a walk.( I can't jog for the same reasons, plus I have vary bad knees.) I also have a treadmill, which I can use to get a walk in when the weather's bad. Since I live in NY, that's pretty often! Good luck! :)

meadowrose 2013-12-18 09:21:24 -0600 Report

I drink water like a camel and, if it's really high, I'll run in place for a while.

denipink57 2013-12-18 09:31:04 -0600 Report

yeah, that's the idea — drink it like you mean it :) i drink lots of water anyway so i will just up the intake and make like a camel for a while. thanks :) i am not good a joggin. i am a large lady and the boobies fly and that hurts. i am a walker but i don't walk enuf yet. have to figure out how to fit it into my schedule.

meadowrose 2013-12-20 23:16:58 -0600 Report

denipink57, I tend to usually have something to drink where ever I am, usually water, but sometimes diet pop. If my bg is high, like I said, I drink even more water. I also am not a runner in the least, but running in place isn't too bad. But I love walking and generally do so to and from work, totalling five miles, daily, not counting wherever else I may walk. There are perks to not having a car! ;)

denipink57 2013-12-30 03:59:03 -0600 Report

i am concerned about the diet pop. it is poison. drink club soda or sparkling water with lemon or lime. use stevia or agarva to sweeten. aspartame causes cancer. please don't drink diet anything.

Chopstix 2013-12-18 06:33:48 -0600 Report

I take one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in the morning and again at night. I also walk at least 30 minutes every other day. Eat a healthy diet as much as possible. Some times I go off of it, though. Eat your vegetables, eat your vegetable!!. If it is white do not eat it! Go more for fruits and vegetables. On meats: Fish and poultry is better for you than red(beef). Bison and lamb are better than beef. I also like my whole grain cereals without sugar. Don't forget the green tea with cinnamon and ginger. Look also into stevia and monk fruit as a sweetener. By the way, I have not had to take any meds since the end of August 2013…

meadowrose 2014-02-01 15:22:46 -0600 Report

Chopstix, I've heard that apple cider vinegar is beneficial for blood sugar control in diabetics. How? I can't stand vinegar in any way and am already souring up at the idea of actually intentionally taking it. How do you take it in a way that's actally palatable?

denipink57 2013-12-30 04:01:46 -0600 Report

thanks for the tip on vinegar. i eat very healthy. i need to walk more. i avoid sugar. i eat only lean meats. wish i could afford organics.

you are doing so well. congrats!!

meadowrose 2013-12-20 23:24:52 -0600 Report

That's awesome, Chopstix. I try to eat as healthy as I can, but on a limited budget it can be rather challenging. For sweeteners, Splenda is my sweetener of choice, though I'm also trying to check out Stevia in my tea after church. It's actually not too bad. Re: medication, I take Metformin ER 500mg twice a day and have been since about 2010 or 2011.

denipink57 2013-12-18 07:41:04 -0600 Report

you are doing very well then :) i eat Paleo autoimmune diet and we don't eat any grains or gluten. we are not allowed to use Stevia. i use Agave. i eat veggies, fruit, meat, fish and that is pretty much it. i use avocado and coconut as good fats the body needs. i have lost 2 dress sizes in 2 months.

T'Leesa 2013-12-18 01:00:19 -0600 Report

I exercise and drink plenty of water. I also avoid carbohydrate laden foods. My meals tend to be a little smaller also.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-14 22:12:50 -0600 Report

Depends if you are T1 or 2. I wait for it to come down and drink fluids. If I get hungry while eating, I don't eat anything with a carb in it. I rarely have highs because I use portion control and don't eat anything high in carbs based on what my test results are. I have more lows than highs.

RedShine 2013-12-14 20:34:58 -0600 Report

Modify your diet, stay away from carbohydrate heavy foods. I've gotten myself into an excercise routine where I work out 3 days a week. It consists of stretching, push ups and sit ups. Also, take long brisk walks and just let your mind wander. That's what works for me.

meadowrose 2013-12-20 23:28:26 -0600 Report

I've recently started at the "Y" a couple days a week, working in their weight room. I enjoy the treadmill and have newly discovered the eliptical (spelling?); however, I love working with their strength training equipment. It'll take a while to get used to it but am looking forward to the journey. In the meantime, I think I need to get some Ben-Gay. :)

denipink57 2013-12-14 21:05:22 -0600 Report

what do you do to bring your blood sugar down same day at that very moment. i know to drink lots of water and exercise. anything else?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 13:44:42 -0600 Report

If you are T2 you can't bring it down at the moment. You can either walk or do some kind of exercise along with drinking a lot of water. If it doesn't come down within 24 hours, I would call my doctor.

The longest I went through a high period was about 5 hours. I walked around the block two times every hour. Thankfully, I don't have those kinds of highs anymore. You may want to look at your diet and cut back on some of the carbs you eat.

dagger1234 2013-12-14 20:14:16 -0600 Report

I drink a lot of eater and start moving around the house cleaning etc. I'm not a fan of exercising unless motivated to doing it with someone and I haven't so meh.. :/ I been eating healthy though. I usually try to stay away from carbs. Other than that my level stay normal. I'm afraid to see the outcome today though. I'm at mall of America and I ate Chinese food with lots of fried noodles :/

denipink57 2013-12-14 21:07:07 -0600 Report

i know. ate chinese just the other week. don't do that often that is for sure. gotta start eating more diabetic friendly foods and figure out more healthy snacks. guess i will get googling. a treat now and then should be ok.

meadowrose 2013-12-20 23:32:08 -0600 Report

Believe it or not, sugar is no longer nixed by the ADA. In small quantities, and pretty much only for special occasions and if fitted into your carb allowance for the meal, it's permitted nowadays. But for me, I find I can't have ice cream in the house, unless it's in those individual sherbet or sundae cups, because a serving size is only a half-cup. Unfortunately, I can't stop with less than a large bowlful, so I just try to keep clear of it.

dagger1234 2013-12-14 21:35:27 -0600 Report

I figure if you eat mostly healthy most of the time, one bad meal every other week a day isn't all that bad. To me, doesn't sound bad but to the blood sugar level, could be.

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