There are few things more frustrating than very high blood sugar. Sometimes it can get to the point where you don’t even want to check your sugar because you just know.
Well no need to fret, because I’m here to help you get your blood sugars down and keep them there. Because while it might not feel like it is an emergency, you should think of it that way when you have very high blood sugar.
Over long periods of time… high blood sugar (The medical term for high blood sugar levels is hyperglycemia) is a big problem. So here I’m going to share with you some strategies to get this handled, 7 steps to “right the ship” and get normal blood sugars.
But before I get to that…
What Is Very High Blood Sugar?
The number that is usually considered high is anything over 200 mg/dL. And for nondiabetics, their blood sugar levels rarely go over 100 mg/dl.
But maybe yours is way higher than 200 mg/dl. It’s usually around 200 mg/dl that gets most people’s attention. But what I consider to be VERY high is anything over 350 mg/dl, which can be dangerous. I’ve seen people have some severe health consequences that I will talk about in a second, when their blood sugars were this high.
Normal ranges after a meal are anywhere from 120-140 mg/dl, 2 hours after a meal. This is usually the easiest place to start to fix high blood sugars. After meals. Why? Because you can control what you eat.
Normal fasting blood sugar levels would be less than 100 mg/dl. Fastings can be more of a challenge because other factors come into play during fasting hours when you’re not eating.
The goal here is to get your blood sugar levels as close to normal as you can. Stick with me here because in a minute, I’m going to help you get there.
You might also be wondering… what causes high blood sugar. There are a number of reasons why your blood sugar can get very high. Here are probably the most common reasons…
What Causes High Blood Sugar
Usually high blood sugars are a result of uncontrolled diabetes. This can go on for many years in people who haven’t been diagnosed. It can also happen with people who don’t keep diabetes in check. It can get to a point where, as I mentioned high blood sugar feels normal to the body and goes undetected.
From a medical standpoint there are core defects which affect the way blood glucose is regulated in the body. I’ve talked about them in detail and I’ll give them a brief mention. They are:
- Insulin resistance – your body doesn’t use insulin efficiently and sugar can’t get into the cells of your body which leads to elevated blood sugar levels.
- Beta cell dysfunction – cells of the pancreas responsible for producing insulin are slowing down.
- The Incretin Effect – hormones in the gut aren’t working properly to start the signaling process of secreting insulin at the first sight of food and when you put food into your mouth.
I talk about these in further detail in my other programs, videos and articles on my site, but just understand that when these defects are affecting the body it is only a matter of time before your blood sugar levels are uncontrolled, if you don’t get them in check.
What Happens When Your Blood Sugar Levels Are Too High
When your blood sugar levels are too high this can really cause damage to your organs and systems of your body. These systems and organs include:
- Cardiovascular – damage to large and /or small blood vessels.
- Nervous – damage to peripheral nerves
- Renal – disease of the kidneys
- Sensory Systems
Other ways high blood sugar can manifest in the body are through symptoms…
Very High Blood Sugar Symptoms
As I mentioned, sometimes you can tell your blood sugar is very high. But for some people, their body has had elevated blood sugar for so long that it almost feels normal. So here are some symptoms to look for…
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Weight loss
- Increased appetite
- Bad breath
In cases where your blood sugar is VERY high as in over 350 mg/dl, some of the warning signs could include:
- Blurred vision
- Extreme thirst
- Flushed skin
- Loss of appetite
- Numbness or tingling in extremities such as legs, hands or feet.
- Loss of consciousness
Some of these symptoms and warning signs can be dangerous. In more severe cases even a loss of consciousness can happen as a result of sky-high blood sugars. Now it’s time to talk about how we fix this…
7 Steps To Normal Blood Sugars
So as you can see having very high blood sugar can have some serious consequences and even go unnoticed. And just like other areas of your life you are fully capable of getting back on track.
Here’s what to do when your blood sugar is high in 7 simple steps:
- Speak to your doctor. So many people hate going to the doctor when things are going wrong of feel that they can handle things on their own and get them back to normal. But this might just make the situation worse. As I’ve said many times, sometimes doctors put patients on medications that don’t work anymore and it is time for a change.
- Check your blood sugar as often as possible. After meals, fastings, you name it! Test, test, test!
- Start exercising. This can be something as simple as walking. Test your blood sugar before and after you go for your walk. If you can, try exercise after your last meal of the day in the evening. But be careful if your blood sugar is extremely though as this could be unsafe.
- Drink water. When your blood sugar levels are extremely high your body can become dehydrated. Not to mention water is great for diluting high blood sugar levels. It’s probably not a bad idea to start drinking water regularly, especially when you wake up and you’re the most dehydrated. Start your day with a couple of glasses of water. Don’t drink any calories. Eliminate all soft drinks and fruit juices. Only have water as your beverage of choice for now.
- Cut back on carbs with all of your meals. This also includes fruit. I also recommend that you make your last meal of the day a meal where you only have lean meat and a green leafy vegetable. This will help you to reduce the excess sugar in your body.
- Space out your meals. I recommend eating less frequently when your blood sugar levels are very high. This also includes snacks and beverages. When you eat too much all it does is pile on top of the high glucose levels that you already have. Give your body a chance to recover.
- Don’t eat carbohydrates all by themselves. Have them with a healthy, more balanced meal. This will help to regulate blood sugar levels. Have a meal consisting of the better carb choices, green leafy vegetables and lean protein. This will help to act as a buffer to the carbohydrates and minimize blood sugar spikes. If you go and have a big gulp of soda with very high blood sugar levels you’re asking for trouble.
This little cheat sheet should help you a lot. Be sure to put it to good use. As you notice things start to get better and your blood sugar levels come down, plan for the long haul. Modify your diet so that this doesn’t become a regular occurrence.
When you’re out of the woods you need to prevent yourself from being back in the same spot with very high blood sugar again because it is very damaging and toxic on your body.
This does a lot of damage on your organs long-term. Which usually results in the horrifying complications we hear about with diabetes such as amputations, heart attack and stroke.
With a little bit of diligence on your part you can definitely fix this. It can be frustrating and upsetting, but knowing how to tackle this issue puts you on the path to living a healthier life and keeping diabetes in check.
If you found this information helpful and you would like to learn more strategies and techniques for controlling type 2 diabetes, I recommend you check out the Master Your Diabetes program.
In master your diabetes you’ll learn how to overcome the majority of situations that come up with type 2 diabetes and maybe even conquer it for good.