Diabetes Management
Published on: Aug 12, 2022
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How to Reduce Sugar Level in Blood Immediately?

How to Reduce Sugar Level in Blood Immediately
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Anyone living with diabetes knows how fickle the blood sugar level can get. You might be having a regular day at work but sudden emotional stress can trigger a spike in your blood sugar level hyperglycemia and send you off-tangent.

You may experience nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath in the body. A sudden spike in blood sugar level is a medical emergency and needs immediate attention.  

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What Causes Sudden Fluctuation in Blood Glucose Levels?

As mentioned above, emotional stress is a frontrunner when it comes to any fluctuation in blood glucose levels. Apart from that, the following may also trigger a sudden spike in hyperglycemia:

  1. Dehydration
  2. Specific medications, particularly the ones containing steroids
  3. Skipping or not taking enough blood sugar-lowering medication
  4. Taking medications incorrectly
  5. A sudden illness, infection, injury, or surgery
  6. Hormonal changes during menstruation
  7. Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep cycle
  8. Skipping breakfast
  9. Excess caffeine

Watch this video, our expert Bhumi talks about why your blood sugars are still high even when eating healthy and how to handle it.

How Much Sugar Level is Dangerous?

According to research, Sugar level over 300 mg/dL is considered high if your urine tests positive for ketones. If your sugar level is this high, you should immediately contact your doctor or rush yourself to an ER.

Especially if you have nausea, dizziness, or mental confusion. As sugar levels as high as this puts you at risk for slipping into a coma. 

Why Are Ketone Levels Important?

When there is a lack of appropriate amount of insulin in the bloodstream, the liver starts breaking down the stored fat to generate energy.

When that happens, too many ketones are produced which may then lead to Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) which is a medical emergency.

You may experience shortness of breath, fruity-smelling breath, nausea, vomiting, and extreme dryness of the mouth.

What Foods Help Reduce or Lower High Blood Sugar Immediately?

While some foods consumed over a long span of time help reduce or normalize your blood sugar. In case of hyperglycemia at such a level, no foods will help instantly lower blood sugar.

But we are listing down othher measures that you can take. Keep reading. 

How to Lower High Blood Sugar Levels Immediately?

If you have type 2 diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels under check is quite imperative. But at times, lowering blood sugar becomes immediately necessary to avoid potentially life-threatening complications.

Some of the ways you can handle this situation are discussed below:

1. By taking insulin

The quickest way to address the sudden spike in glucose levels in the blood is to take fast-acting or rapid-acting insulin. It works real quick – within 15 minutes of taking the dose – to minimize the blood sugar level.

They replace the normally produced insulin in the body and control the movement of sugar from the blood into other body tissues where it is used for energy.

Via subcutaneous injection: Injecting the insulin dose under the skin is the quickest way to administer help. Injecting it to the abdomen or arm, instead of the thighs or buttocks, is a much better option as there is an increased blood flow in these areas than in the latter.

2. By doing exercise

 Physical exercise is the quickest and most natural way to bring down your blood glucose level. It reduces insulin resistance and improves the process of converting glucose into energy.

The cells deliver glucose to the muscles and blood sugar levels usually drop. For this option to work, you need to get your heart pumping faster and quicker. This means you can either go for a brisk walk or a light jog, just to get your heart bells ringing. 

However, please do keep in mind the ketone level in your urine. If your ketone levels are high, avoid any form of strenuous exercise. 

3. By drinking more water

Drinking water ensures regular excretion of excess glucose from your system. In case of hyperglycemia, you need to drink more water than usual to make life easier for your kidneys. 

Not drinking enough water leads to severe dehydration which then forces your system to leech water from other organs, resulting in a severe concentration of sugar in your blood and furthering your dehydrated condition.

This may give rise to another medical emergency known as Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome (HHS).

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It is absolutely imperative that we keep a regular check on our blood glucose levels in order to be ready for any kind of medical emergency. But as we always say prevention is better than cure.

So, make sure to control your blood sugar levels by making sustainable changes in your lifestyle. If you need expert guidance and dedicated support from coaches who will help you throughout your journey, checkout Fitterfly’s programs like Fitterfly Weight Loss Program and Fitterfly Diabetes Care Program are designed just for you.

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