Everyone's definition of "quickly" may be a little different. In reality, it will take some time.
If your BS is not too high such as 500 or above, there are three tips many try:
Hydrate right away. Two glasses (8 oz each) of water in succession; one right after the other.
Exercise. This helps the skeletal muscles use the glucose in the bloodstream.
Eat a protein snack to help absorb the glucose in the bloodstream. Absolutely no carbs.
One should check the glucose about every 15 minutes to see if this helps.
The quickest way is the use of a rapid-acting insulin if the patient uses insulin. Again, testing is imperative to watch the glucose numbers. If the blood glucose is very high or ketones are present in the urine, one may have to go to the ER to have an IV insulin drip started. All of this takes a little bit of time.View Thread
Pittybo, there really isn't much one can do to bring it down quickly. Some medical professionals will recommend drinking water. It helps somewhat but it is still a slow process in bringing the blood sugar down. I do not know how much spaghetti and lasagna you ate, but both are high in carbohydrates. That is why your blood sugar spiked like it did.
You need to speak with your doctor. Explain what you ate and how much. I smell carbs and my blood sugar rises dramatically.
When your blood sugar rises to that number, some doctors will want you to go to the ER to get an IV insulin slow drip. My sugar was 435 two hours after a meal and I was instructed to go to the ER. I spent time laying there with the insulin drip. This is really not my idea of a fun time.View Thread
Rohvannyn, that's the way to go! Carbohydrates are used as fuel by the muscles, particularly the skeletal muscles. If he can and is able, he should use those muscles as much as he can to see if he can keep his blood glucose numbers from climbing.
When I say carbohydrates, there are good ones and bad ones. The complex carbs are the good ones - mostly vegetables. He should add more veggies to his diet along with the lean proteins. Have him read the nutrition labels on all food packages. Stay away from processed foods - no boxes and bags. Whole, fresh foods are best.
When a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, many will see a dietician. The recommended amount of carbs per meal is 60 for those just "starting" out. That would be 120 per day. There are many that do less. My dietician recommended 35-45 per meal for myself. My diabetes was out of control at diagnosis. It is important for your father to watch portion size and count all the carbs he puts into his mouth.
All the foods we eat have carbs in them except for your proteins and fats. Yes, vegetables have carbs in them, some more than others.
As others have said, if he starts living a healthier lifestyle, he may be able get this under control.View Thread
You actually relayed good news regarding your father. If he can keep it up, it may not progress any further. He should make sure he is at his optimal weight. It is essential to maintain any type of physical activity to ensure his muscles use the glucose in his bloodstream properly. My BS numbers stay under control the more I move.
With regards to the pancreas, if his beta cells should die (those are the cells that produce insulin), they do not regenerate as some other cells do in the body. Once they are gone, they are gone. In order to keep those cells healthy and keep producing insulin your father should maintain a healthy lifestyle. Watch the carbohydrate ingestion. Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. Keep moving. Seven and a half hours a week of exercise is optimum in keeping BS numbers under control.View Thread
Many diabetics experience this dawn phenomenon. Physiologically speaking this usually occurs between 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. It is thought to be the release of counter-regulatory hormones such as growth hormone, cortisol, glucagon or epinephrine. The release of these hormones causes insulin resistance and your liver reacts by releasing glucose. When your nurse educator was speaking of something having to do with your liver, this is what she is talking about. She was not talking about liver enzymes.
Do you know how many carbohydrates you are consuming when you eat that huge bowl of popcorn? Check that out. Same thing with the sesame sticks. Eating carbs later in the evening causes the blood sugar to rise. Have you checked your blood sugar before you go to bed?
I was an uncontrolled diabetic at diagnosis. Because of this, I was to log all food and drink daily with the amount of carbs in these meals and/or snacks. Also, I needed to keep a running tally of my blood sugar before I ate and two hours after I ate along with the morning fasting and bedtime reading. It will amaze you at how many carbs you are consuming if you do not keep a close watch.
You A1c of 7.2 indicates a blood sugar reading of 180 daily for three months. It is not just your fasting a.m. number.
Keep a food/drink log. Test more often to see how foods are affecting your blood sugar readings. When you eat that huge bowl of popcorn, test two hours later and see what your reading is. If you are not 140 or below, this is a problem.
There are new guidelines for diabetic numbers:
70-100 in the a.m. (fasting) 140 and under two hours after any given meal 70-100 before bed
You may require an adjustment in your meds and/or diet.
I use two insulins, carb watch and physical activity to keep my diabetes under control. My first A1c was 13.2 (thus the uncontrolled diabetes moniker) and I have reduced it to 5.6.
If you are not physically impaired, I hope you have made physical activity a central portion of your life. This goes a long way in reducing your A1c and living a longer, healthier life.View Thread
You need to test if you feel your blood sugar is either high or low.
I have experienced highs (very high) and lows. The symptoms you list above are not what I have experienced with either a high or a low. Everyone is different, but generally, those symptoms are not associated with blood sugar readings, either high or low.
You need to ask your doctor. These symptoms could be an indication of several things.View Thread