How to Lower Your Sugar Levels in the Blood

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Hyperglycemia or High blood sugar levels, is a condition in which the concentrations of glucose in the blood are too high. The condition is typically found in people who have diabetes which is caused when your body does not create enough of or is really resistant to, the effects of insulin (hormone). When high blood sugar or glucose is left untreated, it may result in tissue and organ damage, coma and/or death. Now, monitoring blood sugar levels is a great way to address high sugar quickly, and there are many ways of lowering sugar levels in the blood.

Stage 1

Always engage in exercise. Based on the United States Diabetes Association, a regular work out can assist to lower the blood sugar level by making use of the excess sugar as fuel. But, if your blood sugar level is more than 240 mg/dL, you can use a urine test strip when checking for the presence of ketones. As your body is creating ketones, exercise can make the blood sugar levels increase, rather than decrease. Engaging in physical activity can have a quick benefit to lower blood sugar as well as long-term benefit by assisting to stabilize your blood sugar levels.

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Stage 2

Take 15g fewer carbs at your next meal. Even though skipping your meal is not truly a healthy option for people with high blood sugar, reducing the number of carbohydrates taken at the next meal may help force the body to utilize the excess sugar. Now, check your blood sugar an hour after your meal and if the sugar level has reduced but is still high, then decrease your next meal by 30 g of carbs.

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Stage 3

Select foods which are less likely to lead to an additional quick rise in blood sugar level. You can identify these foods by determining the glycemic index value. Look for foods that have a low glycemic index value, like legumes and beans and avoid food with high glycemic levels, such as white potatoes. Do not assume that your food has a low glycemic number and even if it seems healthy; a lot of healthy foods can result in a rise in blood sugar, especially in susceptible persons.

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Stage 4

Call your doctor and inquire if you should increase or change your medication dosage if you’re taking a diabetic medication. Illnesses and infection can make the body less effective at processing sugar, temporarily leading to higher blood sugar levels.

Stage 5

Let your doctor check you for infection or some other illness that can be causing blood sugar levels to increase. When the immune system is compromised, the body releases hormones that can increase glucose production. For some people, this can explain some unexpected rise in blood sugar levels and those people may need antibiotic treatment to assist the body heal. Always consult your doctor before changing any medical treatments.

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*The author of this blog is not a medical professional and this article does not contain professional medical advice. This blog is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of the contents of this article. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

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