What should I do when I have a spike in blood sugar? The answer is not very complicated. First of all check if you have forgotten or missed to take your diabetic medicine or insulin injection. If this is not the case then check the expiry date on insulin. May be you entered in binge eating? Yes! Even a slight binge is enough to give a spike in levels of blood sugar.
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How Would You Get To Know About The Spike In Blood Sugar Level?
Test your blood sugar level two hours after big meals. If the level is above 140 mg/dL; then it is high blood glucose level. However the spike in blood glucose is something even above 180 mg/dL.
What steps must be taken to control the spike in blood glucose levels?
It first of all depends upon the type of the diabetes.
If a person is suffering from type 1 diabetes
If the level is above 250 mg/dL then you must test yourself for ketones.
If the results of the test say that ketones are present then you must not exercise to lower down the level of blood glucose. The presence of ketones suggests that insulin is not produced in the body and the sugar is not being metabolized. The exercise would cause the body to burn fats for the production of energy and will generate more ketones.
Drink as much as you can and control your eating. Ask the doctor the instructions for taking insulin. The doctors will prescribe the blood insulin according to ketone strip reading and level of sugar in blood. He may also ask you to admit to the hospital.
High ketones can also lead to ketoacidosis. The symptoms of ketoacidosis are exhaustion, dehydration, shock, flushed appearance and finally an uncociousness.
If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes
The extra ordinary high levels of blood sugar are between 500 mg/dL and 600 mg/dL. It is termed hyperglycemic condition. These high levels can also lead to diabetic coma or even death.
However this is not the result of a single spike in blood sugar. The causes are the consistently increasing level of glucose in blood. It may take up to several weeks. Regular monitoring is required to reveal such situation.
If such a situation arises you must consult your doctor. If the levels are above 350 mg/dl 2 hours after meal then you must contact doctor. He may not necessarily ask you to get admitted to the hospital however he may suggest you some immediate corrective measures.
Again do not exercise in an attempt to burn sugar in blood. It may cause liver to generate extra glucose in the blood.
Drink a lot of plain water; as this will help the liver and kidneys.
Learn more about the details of Signs Of Diabetes and learn the tips to deal with Dangerous Blood Sugar. I have mentioned here tips and tricks with the help of which I have said "good-bye" to Diabetes; so you can do the same.
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