How Can I Get High Blood Sugars Down Quickly?

By J. Lang Wood

High blood sugar is a dangerous condition for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Keeping blood sugar within normal range takes rigorous blood testing and close attention to both diet and exercise levels. If you are having difficulty controlling your blood sugar level, consult your physician. Further education about how to control your blood sugar or a change of medication may be necessary.

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High blood sugar is a dangerous condition for those with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Keeping blood sugar within normal range takes rigorous blood testing and close attention to both diet and exercise levels. If you are having difficulty controlling your blood sugar level, consult your physician. Further education about how to control your blood sugar or a change of medication may be necessary.

Insulin

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If you are taking insulin, give yourself insulin injections at the proper time and in the proper amount to keep your blood sugar under control. If you take diabetes medication by mouth, make sure you take them as directed and at the correct time. If you are still having difficulties with blood sugar regulation, talk with your doctor.

Diet

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What you are eating each day can make a big difference in your blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, bread and sweets are metabolized into the blood stream quickly and raise blood sugar. Avoiding these foods, or eating them only in very small amounts, will help keep your blood sugar steady. Eat foods with a low glycemic index, and eat less so your body metabolizes the sugar already in your bloodstream.

Exercise

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If your blood sugar spikes, you should immediately take a long walk or go to the gym for a vigorous workout. Exercising will bring your blood sugar down quickly.

Treat Illnesses Promptly

If you have any infections or illness, see that it is treated. When your body is ill, adrenergic hormones increase the production of blood sugar.

Relaxation Techniques

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Learn to meditate, breath deeply or use audiotapes to help you relax. When you are under stress, you body produces more blood sugar. Learn to relax, and make sure you get adequate amounts of sleep.

Drink More Fluids

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Dehydration can cause blood sugar to be more concentrated. Drink more water or other low-sugar drinks.

Vinegar & Cinnamon

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Swedish and Japanese researchers have noted that consuming either vinegar or cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels. Consuming two tablespoons of vinegar can make a difference in your blood sugar level. Diabetes journals have also noted the use of cinnamon for reducing blood sugar. Cinnamon pills are available at vitamin centers.

Decaffeinated Coffee

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Many people swear by drinking decaffeinated coffee for quick reduction of blood sugar levels.

Have A Good Laugh

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A Japanese study showed that laughter can help to reduce blood sugar levels. Laughter has always been a good method of stress reduction, and stress reduction helps lower blood sugar. So find something to laugh about, and you will have a good time while you’re doing your body some good.

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