DIABETES type 1 sufferers sometimes need to bring blood sugar levels back down, as well as up. This is to avoid complications caused by high blood sugar symptoms such as blindness and nerve damage. Try doing this to lower blood sugar levels.
Diabetes type 1 sufferers could lower blood sugar levels by taking more insulin.
The “safest way” to get these levels back under control is to “add a correction dose to your next mealtime insulin dose”, said Dr David Cavan, a diabetes expert with 20 years experience.
Writing in his new book ’Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes’, Dr Cavan added: “High blood sugar levels almost always happen as a result of too little insulin being on board.
“It is perfectly safe to take extra [insulin] to correct a high blood sugar level, as long as the amount taken is not too much.”
However, Dr Cavan said how a sufferer responds to these levels should vary depending on the time of day.
Experiencing high blood sugar first thing in the morning, within three hours of a meal or in the late afternoon may all require different responses.
“If blood sugar is regularly high in the morning, then it suggests a need to increase the dose of basal insulin,” he wrote.
“A high sugar level within three hours of a meal, suggests that insufficient mealtime insulin was taken.
“This could be due to your underestimating the amount of carbohydrate you have eaten. However, if the estimate was accurate, and if this pattern recurs for the same meal over a few days, then the lunchtime insulin dose may need to be increased.
“A high level at other times, especially early afternoon, could suggest that the basal insulin from the previous day has run out. This may require a change in the timing of your basal dose, or type of insulin used.”
Simple exercise such as walking could also help lower blood sugar.
Dr Cavan recommended walking for between 10 to 15 minutes to bring down blood sugar levels.
Cycling, which reduces pressure on feet, may also help.
“Cycling, is ideal for many people with diabetes, not least because it can be easily interwoven into your day-to-day life,” said Patient.info.
“One study showed that people with type 2 diabetes may be better off choosing cycling for exercise than walking, as it is associated with lower levels of pressure in the feet.”