What can a person do to lower high blood glucose levels when the conventional methods (medications, exercise, water) are not working or an option?
A person with type 1 diabetes must take insulin, along with controlling carbohydrate intake and doing regular physical activity. A person with type 2 diabetes may be able to manage his or her diabetes, at least initially, with meal planning, weight control and physical activity. However, because type 2 diabetes changes over time, medication is often needed, in the form of pills and/or insulin or other injectable medicines. Drinking water is not a proven or reliable way to lower blood glucose. If your blood glucose levels are running high, think about what you might be able to change or improve upon in terms of your eating, your physical activity and/or your medications. Meeting with a dietitian to review your meal plan and set carbohydrate goals may be helpful. You might also consider working with an exercise physiologist or a personal trainer to develop an exercise plan that is realistic and doable for you. Or talk with your healthcare provider about your medication options. You will likely need a combination of meal planning, physical activity and medication to effectively manage your diabetes.
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