“What can I do if I notice a spike in blood sugar level?” Do you have the same query? If yes then read on to find the answer.
The spike in the blood sugar level may result if a person forgets to take his sugar lowering medicine or insulin injection. The blood sugar spike may set in if the insulin has expired. Sometimes even a slight binge eating may cause an increase in the blood sugar level.
How one can determine there is a spike in blood sugar level?
It is recommended that a person should check the blood glucose level 2 hours after snacks and meals. If the level of blood glucose after 2 hours is 140 mg/dl, then it is termed high sugar level. However if the level is above 180 mg/dl then it is termed a spike.
Now the basic question is what a person should do in detecting a spike in blood glucose level. The treatment of the spike varies with both type of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetics: If the blood glucose level of type 1 diabetics is above 250 mg/dl then it requires a test for ketones.
If there are ketones then you must not exercise to lower the spike. The presence of ketones means that insulin is not present in the blood. Without the presence of insulin the sugar in the blood can not be metabolized. The situation will get worse with exercise as the body will burn fat to produce energy for exercising and will produce more ketones.
Type 1 diabetics with blood sugar spike and ketones must drink plenty of water. Call you doctor he most likely would prescribe you the insulin dose right away. The dose of the insulin would depend upon the sugar level and ketone reading.
Type 2 Diabetics: If the level Is 500mg/dl to 600 mg/dl then it is not the result of a spike in blood. The level must have been elevated since few weeks if not days. The doctor must be reported of such level – he will either adjust the medicine accordingly or will admit you to hospital.
If the level is above 400 mg/dl 2 hours after meal, then report to doctor. He will not admit the person to hospital but will recommend you some corrective measures.
If the level is above 180 mg/dl then again a person suffering from type 2 diabetic must not exercise. It will cause the liver to release excessive glucose and will results in even higher levels.
Type 2 diabetic must drink plenty of water and do not exercise to help out his liver and kidneys.