Not all diabetics take insulin. Most Type 2 diabetics use oral medications and diet to control their blood sugar levels. So what do you do when you have a high reading and need to bring it down quick? Try one of the following tips and bring your CBG back to normal.
No. 1: Drink 1-2 eight oz. glasses of water:
Water dilutes glucose in the bloodstream and helps your CBG reading to go down. The extra water in your system will also cause urination. This will flush your kidneys and remove the excess glucose from your body. Do not exceed the 1-2 glass rule, to prevent a rapid drop in blood sugar. Recheck CBG in 15 mins.
No. 2: Exercise for at least 10 mins.
Exercise causes the body to use the readily available sugar for energy. In order for the exercise to be beneficial, you must move continuously for at least 10 mins. You only need to use mild to moderate exercise. Remember to test yourself afterwards, too much exercise can send your sugar level down low.
No. 3: Have a protein snack.
Protein is a blood sugar stabilizer, slowing the body’s absorption rate. By slowing the absorption rate of glucose, protein prevents the highs and lows of a fluctuating blood sugar. Readily available sources include peanut butter, cheese, or last night’s leftover chicken. All you need is just a tbsp. of peanut butter or 1 oz. of cheese or 1 piece of chicken do not overdo it. As always, check yourself again in 15 mins.
No. 4: Eat an apple.
Apples serve as another source of blood sugar stabilizer. No one is sure what makes the apple so good at its job, but when it comes to lowering your CBG, one is all you need. In fact just one apple a day can help increase your glucose control. Some people believe the pectin in an apple is the key, while others believe the malic acid is the glucose stabilizer. Either way eating a whole apple will lower your CBG reading.
It is very important to remember to retest your blood sugar 15 mins. after using one of the above tips. You can have a rebound effect and drop too low, especially after prolonged exercise. The best protection against high CBG’s is to test often, take your medication as prescribed, follow your recommended carbohydrate plan, and exercise daily.