How to lower blood sugar.

By benjimon Latest Reply 2010-04-11 03:41:51 -0500
Started 2010-03-22 16:52:34 -0500

Tonight my blood sugar is 18 (UK measurement) which is high, should ideally be below 10.

I had a chinese for dinner with white rice, in some respects to find out how it would effect my blood sugar. I now know that this will have to be avoided in future.

My question is, which may sound a bit stupid, is; Is there a quick way to lower my blood sugar? Drink lots of water, exercise, medication?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 18:17:25 -0500 Report

Don't you just hate what rice does? Now that you are learning you may find that you can still have your rice, but just less of it. There are a lot of hidden carbs in Chinese foods such as corn starch, corn, onions, carrots and other thickeners in the sauces. Chinese food is a rare treat for me now-a-days. =(

I am not as familiar with the UK units as I am the US units, but I know that if you have meds such as insulin or an oral med, that will be the quickest, but it is not always wise to medicate a high unless it is in a dangerous level. It is a bad habit to get into, using meds to bring down a high.
Exercise is good, but again, if you exercise when you are extremely high, that can cause more trouble.
Water is a great method to help reduce but as Mays said, it is slow.

So unless you are in a dangerous high, I would recommend water and a walk. Keep an eye on it and test often, specially since it is kind of new for you. Sometimes you just live with the high and adjust your next meal. The main thing is to learn from the meal what it does and keep that in mind next time you order that egg roll. =)

azrollin 2010-04-11 03:41:51 -0500 Report

"Exercise is good, but again, if you exercise when you are extremely high, that can cause more trouble." Can you please explain this statement. Today, I had a snack of a corn on the cob and cheese. Then I went biking and felt really bad after that exercise. I did not test my BG but I think or felt it was very low so I took a half a glass of regular coke and felt a bit relieved. I took my BG 2 hours after dinner this evening, it was 128…which i think is OK.

MAYS 2010-03-22 17:03:30 -0500 Report

All three of the suggestions listed will help lower your blood sugar with water being the slowest due to your body's natural procedure of filtration via the kidneys, medication being the fastest followed by exercise which can prove to be ineffective to some point (exercise) if you have developed insulin resistance.

Try to avoid this if at all possible or at least limit this, even when you get good at managing your glucose level, it's always a learning process, don't be too hard on yourself, just cautious.


benjimon 2010-03-22 17:31:49 -0500 Report


On a side not how much fluid should I be drinking? Does it matter what the fluid is?

Sorry for all the questions, got so much to learn. Got some books Im working my way through

MAYS 2010-03-22 18:00:58 -0500 Report

Plain water is and will always be your best choice, that way you will not be putting sweeteners (natural or artificial), colors, chemicals, salts or other additives into your body unnecessarily.
I don't mind the questions, if I can be of any help, just ask.