What to do when your blood sugar spikes
High blood sugar levels can spell danger for a diabetic, especially if you're unprepared.
Classic symptoms of high blood sugar include extreme thirst, increased urination, dry mouth and fatigue or lethargy.
If you suspect your blood sugar is high, it's important to check your levels before you attempt to bring them down.
If you take insulin, you can reduce your blood sugar with an insulin injection. It's crucial to know how much insulin you need to take, so check with your doctor if you're not sure.
Also bear in mind that insulin can take a few hours to be fully absorbed, so take into account how much you may already have in your body.
Exercise is a great way to lower your blood sugar, and studies have shown that a walk after meals can improve blood glucose levels.
It's not necessary to work out hard - just light or moderate aerobic activity will help.
However, the American Diabetes Association warns not to exercise if your blood glucose is above 240 mg/dl. Also, check your urine for ketones. Exercising when you have ketones may spike your blood sugar even higher.
When you have high blood sugar, your body will attempt to flush excess sugar from your system through your urine. As a result, you'll need to rehydrate. Drink plenty of water to help assist your body in regulating its blood sugar levels.
If your blood sugar spikes, it's important to pay close attention to your next snack or meal. Avoid sugary foods and opt for something protein-rich instead.
You may also need to speak with your doctor about portion sizes or dietary choices that will keep your blood sugar better balanced.
Source: American Diabetes Association