Diabetes Management: Tips for Lowering Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a long-term illness that lowers a person’s quality of life. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and medication are all part of managing diabetes. To keep blood glucose levels stable and avoid long-term consequences of diabetes, such as heart disease and stroke. Know the tips for lowering blood sugar for diabetes management. Visit Dr. Vishwanatha Nadig, MD, and his team of healthcare professionals at Amcare Clinic, or contact us online to book an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you in De Queen, AR, and Broken Bow, OK.
Table of Contents:
How can a diabetic lower blood sugar quickly?
What is the normal sugar level for those who have diabetes?
Why is it important to lower your high blood sugar?
What are the warning signs patients should know of high blood sugar?
It can be dangerous for a diabetic to reach high blood sugar levels, sometimes when levels get very high it can even result in medical emergencies like diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The swiftest way to lower blood sugar is with fast-acting insulin. There are several other methods, health measures, and medications that diabetics can implement as precautions to manage their diabetes and avoid emergencies, and live a normal, healthy life.
Living with a chronic condition can be challenging but with the help of a specialist, diabetic patients can develop a treatment plan to make sure their condition doesn’t impact their lives. The team at Amcare Clinic works with patients every step of the way to devise a plan including lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and increased activity levels, to manage blood sugar and keep your condition from impacting your livelihood.
Amcare Clinic dietary assistance includes educating the patient about carbohydrate counting and portion size, preparing balanced meals, coordinating meals and medications, and avoiding sugar-sweetened beverages. Their advisors work with you to implement a manageable exercise plan and schedule, as well as ensure you are attentive to your blood sugar levels during physical activity, keep hydrated, and adjust your plan as needed.
Amcare Clinic makes sure diabetic patients can manage their medication including the proper storage of insulin, cautious approaches to new medications, and when to communicate issues with their doctor. Amcare Clinic helps those living with diabetes to quickly lower and manage their blood sugar, so their condition doesn’t get in the way of living their lives.
It is common for doctors to ask patients with diabetes to track their blood sugar levels at home with either a blood sugar meter or a blood glucose monitor. Your doctor will explain when and how to conduct these tests and track them. Information in your notes will include your most recent meal, time of day, recent activities, recent medications, and other details that may impact the reading.
This is because normal sugar levels for a diabetic patient will vary situationally. Generally, target levels for adults before a meal are 70-130 mg/dL, after a meal less than 180 mg/dL, before exercise (if taking insulin) at least 100 mg/dL, bedtime 100-140 mg/dL, and other situational factors impact the target readings as well.
Proper management of diabetes can reduce the risk of complications affecting the kidneys, eyes, and nerves. It can mitigate the risk of heart disease and stroke, which those living with are 50% more susceptible to. Exactly what level of blood sugar is appropriate and manageable will vary from patient to patient.
Keeping health risks associated with diabetes in check can take the stress out of managing diabetes. Working with proper care, treatment, and monitoring will allow patients to live a healthy and relaxed life with their disease.
High blood sugar displays warning signs such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, blurred vision, fatigue, thirst, weight loss, frequent peeling, and blood sugar levels above more than 180 mg/dL. If you are experiencing symptoms, the Amcare Clinic can help manage your condition every step of the way.
When blood sugar levels get very high, they can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) which displays symptoms of shortness of breath, breath that smells fruity, nausea and vomiting, and a very dry mouth. DKA is a medical emergency and if you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to call your doctor immediately for instructions on how to administer a dose of insulin, and whether a trip to the emergency room is necessary. Contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in De Queen AR and Broken Bow, OK. We serve patients from De Queen AR, Broken Bow, OK, At Wood AR, Lockesburg AR, Horatio AR, Garvin OK, Eagle Town AR, Mineral Gilham AR, Idabel OK, Eagle town Golden OK, Hochatown OK, and surrounding areas.
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