Blood sugar spikes

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2014-08-23 16:26:39 -0500
Started 2014-08-18 15:55:13 -0500

When your blood sugar spikes up really high what do you do to bring it down fast? I hate that it takes time to come down even after you have given insulin and you feel awful and can't do anything about it. So I am curious if anyone out there has any tricks up their sleeves to help bring blood sugar down faster?

34 replies

eldarz 2014-08-23 16:26:39 -0500 Report

If its the middle of the night or just a time you cant exercise , a shower is good for the blood flow and by that shorten the time needed . Plus it makes me feel better so i recommend it.

Set apart
Set apart 2014-08-23 09:01:17 -0500 Report

Water and exercise especially walking. When my BG is over 200 I do panic. Insulin obviously works for me Also.

IronOre 2014-08-21 21:41:21 -0500 Report

The only think that makes sense to me, of the responses below, is the added insulin when high, and exercise.

Chopstix 2014-08-21 12:38:53 -0500 Report

I drink a 16 oz mug of warm water with apple cider vinegar(1-2 tsp), a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, turmeric one to three times a day. I'm Type 2 and was on insulin April (after surgery) to August 2013. Blood sugar usually ranges high 80's to low 100's depending on what I consumed and when it was consumed…

MoeGig 2014-08-21 11:35:42 -0500 Report

If I'm plus 200 BG, I would take 5 units of Humalog to reduce it. If I'm going to the gym for some cardio, then I will only take 2 units…and will get to my 100 goal a lot more quickly. If I took the 5 units and exercised, I would shoot low. Anyway, good luck.

Jan8 2014-08-21 09:36:30 -0500 Report

I am on insulin coverage for spikes. over200 2 units over300 3units and so forth

robinsab 2014-08-19 23:44:41 -0500 Report

As a person that's been a type 1 for 31 years water and exercise is the best recommendation. You don't want to add any additional components for your body to burn off more so than what it's trying to burn off when your sugar is already high. Water is really the key and it's not exciting, I know, but it's a big soliton along with exercise.

Chopstix 2014-08-21 12:23:20 -0500 Report

Yes. When the body is dehydrated the blood thickens causing a higher blood glucose, pressure reading. So it is best to stay hydrated as much as possible. Drink your water since it is better for than a lot of processed junk out there.

Bako, CA
Bako, CA 2014-08-19 20:56:48 -0500 Report

Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage will lower me by 30-60 within 30 min.

IronOre 2014-08-21 21:42:51 -0500 Report

Can you tell me why you think those veggies are lowering your BS ?
So if you are at 100 and eat those veggies you will probably go hypo ?

Bako, CA
Bako, CA 2014-08-21 21:53:52 -0500 Report

I am borderline type 2. I never get too low, just high with sugars and carbs. I have researched this and have proven it works repeatedly. I'm not sure this is good for type 1's but it certainly works for me and my husband.

Bako, CA
Bako, CA 2014-08-23 11:04:48 -0500 Report

Several sources agree on this. I just Googled "foods that quickly lower blood sugar.". I always keep broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in the house.

haoleboy 2014-08-19 19:50:33 -0500 Report

exercise is the only thing I have found that works ,,, 1/2 mile walk and/or some intense weight lifting

GabbyPA 2014-08-18 20:39:35 -0500 Report

I have a nice smoothie that can help. It's cucumber, lime juice and mint. Peel and seed the cuke, add about 1T of lime juice and a few sprigs of mint. You can add a packet of stevia if you have to. But if you can drink it unsweet it helps. Or just drink some water and eat cucumbers. Cucumbers work well for me.

IronOre 2014-08-19 02:37:32 -0500 Report

how do cucumbers bring it down?

GabbyPA 2014-08-19 05:20:36 -0500 Report

I don't know, but cucumber is a great help for me. It might be the lime....not sure. It's just one of those quirky things in my 100's of experiments that helped. It's not going to drop you a 100 points, but it can get me going in the right direction.

maryanne55 2014-08-18 20:32:31 -0500 Report

only thing i can think of is drinking some orange juice does help.

GabbyPA 2014-08-18 20:37:42 -0500 Report

That is for a low, not a spike. I think you might have misunderstood the question.

maryanne55 2014-08-19 22:58:32 -0500 Report

sorry guess i read it wrong lol best is walking. im a high diabetic too and nothing helps me short of taking insulin shot or walking and sometimes that don't work either. so i lay down and rest and that works. no kinda food workjs and i eat alotta cucumbers and vegs but no effect there.

RedShine 2014-08-18 19:26:16 -0500 Report

Exercise. That's what usually works for me. Push ups, sit ups , squat thrusts, and running are the best suggestions I can think of. I often accompany this with a basal increase.

Type1Lou 2014-08-18 16:52:43 -0500 Report

With my pump, I will either bolus to try to get it back down or increase my basal insulin level. If I have repeated highs that aren't coming down, that signals the need for an early infusion set change because something is blocking the insulin delivery like a bent cannula or one filled with blood. It always me takes longer to get highs back down to normal range than to get the lows back up to normal.

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