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Tips to Prevent High Blood Sugar Spikes | Insights from a T1D Dietitian for Diabetes Patients

Apr 24, 2023

There’s a LOT of things that suck when it comes to diabetes... and one of them is getting HIGH BLOOD SUGARS!

High blood sugar can make you feel terrible, zap your energy, and leave you feeling like you can't do anything. But there is a way to break through this feeling and learn how to not let it bother you anymore.

Let me share with you a technique that can change your life when it comes to dealing with high blood sugar.

When your blood sugar is high, it can feel like you're on a physical and emotional roller coaster, and it's not a fun ride. But there is a way to get off that roller coaster and start feeling better.

We call it the ARM technique, which stands for acknowledge, respond, move on.

Let’s break down each letter of the acronym. 

First, ACKNOWLEDGE your blood sugar level. Don't panic or get upset if it's not where you want it to be. Just accept it for what it is and move on to the next step.

Next, RESPOND to your blood sugar level. Figure out what you need to do to bring it back down to a healthy level.  Paying attention to your hydration level is the first and foremost thing to do when you have a sudden blood sugar spike. When your blood sugar is high, your body releases the excess glucose through the urine, cleansing it out or a simple exercise can help lower sudden blood sugar spikes. For example, taking a short walk or light jogging to stop the spikes. You can also give yourself an extra dose of insulin to quickly lower your blood sugar to safer levels. How much to take depends on the situation and what your doctor recommends. Or a combination of drinking water, exercise and insulin is also good.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take action.

Finally, MOVE on with your life. Don't dwell on your blood sugar level or let it ruin your day. Once you've taken action to bring it down, focus on the things that matter to you and enjoy your life.

By using the ARM technique, you can learn to not let high blood sugar bother you anymore. It takes some practice and effort, but it's worth it to feel better and enjoy your life.

If you're struggling with high blood sugar, give the ARM technique a try and see how it can help you.

With a little bit of patience and determination, you can break free from the blood sugar roller coaster and start living your best life.

It's important to remember that managing diabetes is a lifelong journey and may involve making adjustments to lifestyle habits and treatment plans as needed.

If you feel like you need help with your diet, monitoring your blood sugar, or you have a high A1c, our dietitians are always ready to help!


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