This is a common question we get asked all the time.
How can I lower my blood sugar QUICKLY?
In this article we will discuss what works and what doesn't to lower blood sugar in a hurry.
Why Should You Want To Lower Your Blood Sugar?
This really depends on what your current blood sugar levels are.
A quick rule of thumb is that if your fasting blood sugar levels are under 100mg/dL, you are perfectly healthy and there really isn't any reason you should want them to be any lower.
If they are between 100-125mg/dL you are considered to be pre-diabetic, and if your fasting blood sugar is above 125mg/dL you are considered to be diabetic.
So if your blood sugar is above 100mg/dL, you have good reason to try to lower it.
What Causes Blood Sugar To Rise?
Before we talk about what you can do to lower your blood sugar, let's first discuss what causes it to RISE.
This is useful because when it comes to managing blood sugar, knowing what NOT to do can be just as important as knowing what TO do.
- Sugary Foods - unsurprisingly, eating or drinking things containing lots of sugar will cause blood sugar levels to rise, and QUICKLY.
- Carbohydrates - carbs are digested by your body and turned into glucose (which is just another name for sugar) which causes blood sugar levels to rise over time, and stay high over long period of time.
- Sedentary Lifestyle - your body likes to burn sugar as a main source of energy for physical (and mental) activity, but if you aren't getting much exercise this sugar can build up and become fat and high blood sugar.
- Pancreas Damage - your pancreas is responsible for producing a hormone called insulin, which is responsible for shuttling sugar from your blood into your cells. if blood sugar stays high for too long it can damage your pancreas and reduce it's ability to produce insulin, which is why many patients with diabetes are prescribed insulin injections.
- Insulin Resistance - this happens when you have too much insulin in your body and your cells start to develop a resistance to it, meaning that they don't open their doors and allow sugar into the cell in the presence of insulin, the way they are supposed to. This often happens in people with diabetes, and taking insulin injections can actually make this even worse.
Any of these things can contribute to elevated blood sugar levels.
Fortunately, there are several ways that blood sugar levels can be reduced as well.
How To Lower Blood Sugar Levels
There are many different things that can lower blood sugar levels, such as:
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks - this one is obvious, but cutting down on sugary sodas, donuts, candy, and anything full of simple sugars can help reduce sugar spikes and lead to lower overall blood sugar levels.
- Follow a low-carb diet - one of the most well researched and proven ways to lower blood sugar quickly is to eat a low-carb diet. Prior to the invention of exogenous insulin, this was the primary method prescribed by doctors to patients with diabetes. If you cut out the main source of sugar from your diet (carbs) your blood sugar levels have nowhere to go but down. This is why our meal replacement shake is a low carb, keto friendly shake.
- Natural Supplements - there are a ton of different ingredients that have been studied for their promising effects on managing blood sugar levels. Some of these include: gymnema, bitter melon, alpha lipoic acid, cinnamon, vanadium, berberine, lion's mane, and so many others. You can find them individually or combined into a supplement like we did with our Blood Sugar Support supplement.
- Insulin Injections - these are often prescribed to patients who have very high blood sugar and damage to their pancreas. Insulin injections can make insulin resistance even worse, which leads to even higher doses of insulin being required. This is an important option for many, but probably not the first choice for those recently diagnosed.
- Exercise - even 15-20 minutes of moderate exercise can have an immediate effect on blood sugar levels. When done consistently, light physical exercise can have a tremendous impact on overall health and blood sugar levels.
Of these things, changing your diet is the fastest way to see quick and consistent reductions to your blood sugar levels. In a pinch, insulin injections can knock blood sugar down fast, but it isn't going to help lower your baseline blood sugar levels. The only thing that can do that is changes to your lifestyle, which are predominantly going to be the foods you eat and any exercise you are able to do.
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There are a lot of ways to raise and lower blood sugar levels, but ultimately your baseline levels are going to be a function of your diet and exercise. If you eat a ton of carbs and don't exercise often, chances are strong that you may develop high blood sugar.
The good news is that blood sugar levels can change very quickly, and even a moderate change to your diet can have dramatic effects.
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