In attempting to normalize one’s blood glucose, you may be coming from one of two perspectives: blood sugar that is too high or blood sugar that is too low. We have an excellent article on each one!
How to Lower High Blood Sugar
This is probably the most-often-asked question by type 2 diabetics who have either gone off plan or have inadvertently eaten in a way that caused their blood sugar to skyrocket. For any blood glucose over 300 mg/dL (16.5 mmol/l), call your Advice Nurse (if you have one). If you are having symptoms, please do not hesitate to have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care Clinic. Better safe than sorry!
Please read our article, How to Lower Blood Sugar, for answers to common questions. Then, after the immediate emergency has been resolved, take time to learn how to lower blood sugar and prevent high-blood-sugar emergencies in the future!
Treating a Low Blood Sugar
Anything under 67 mg/dL (3.8 mmol/l) is considered a true low blood sugar and you should treat it if you want to stay conscious. The best treatment for low blood sugar is pure glucose, not orange juice, hard candy, or a peanut butter sandwich! Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, author of Diabetes Solution, says, “Glucose, the sugar of blood sugar, does not have to be digested or converted by the liver into anything else. Unlike other sweets, it’s absorbed into the blood directly through the mucous membranes of the mouth, stomach, and gut.” Table sugar is sucrose, a combination of glucose and fructose. Fruit is also a mixture of the sugars. Only glucose is, well, glucose!
Read our article, Treating a Low Blood Sugar, for clear instructions on how to do this!
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