Do your blood sugars sometimes seem to have a mind of their own?

Do your blood sugars sometimes seem to have a mind of their own? 

Unexpected lows? Huge spikes? Or just generally all over the place?!

These are my top 5 tips to how to get those crazy blood sugars back under control.

  1. Prioritise blood sugars and check more often
  2. Keep a diary of blood sugars, food insulin doses and then check for for patterns
  3. Rule out other triggers
  4. Take time out to destress
  5. Try temporary reducing carb intake

For full details of how this can help you and the best way to follow these tips, listen to this episode now.

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Intro
Life with diabetes has some highs and lows. But just like in a normal life, you can make choices which help to make your life easier, improve your health and well-being. In The Diabetic and Healthy Podcast, we show you how to do just that. We're here to help you put your diabetes worries behind, so that you can start enjoying life with a sky high smile on your face. So let's meet our host for today's show, here's Charlotte.

Charlotte:
Hi and welcome to another episode of The Diabetic and Healthy podcast. I hope everyone is doing well. This week's episode is all about resetting your blood sugars. So what I mean by that is, most of us have times where either our blood sugars just go a bit crazy in general, or they might be running high, or it might be that you're suddenly having lots of hypos. And it's really easy to then have this horrible yo-yoing blood sugar that gets a little bit out of control. So I'm just sharing my top five tips for getting your blood sugars back under control.

Charlotte:
I can't pretend that my blood sugars are always perfect and I won't, because that's not reality. So these top tips are from my own personal experience. Before we get started on that, just a quick reminder about our social media channels. If you're not yet getting involved with Diabetic and Healthy on social media, please do check out our Facebook page, and then there's two Facebook groups. There's Diabetic and Healthy Community and also Type One Fit. Diabetic and Healthy is also on Instagram, which is diabetic_and_healthy. And obviously, there's a podcast that you are currently listening to. Please make sure you subscribe and that way you will never miss any future shows.

Charlotte:
Okay. So getting into this week's topic. The reason I thought about this is, I have had a crazy busy week, and for a couple of the days, my blood sugars did start to get a bit out of hand. But instead of giving them the time and attention that they needed, I was just firefighting and just, "Oh, it's low quick. Treat it. Oh no, now it's gone high quick. Do a correction dose." They just start bouncing up and down. So yeah, needed to take my own advice this week and I did, and they are totally back under control now. So I thought I would just share, in case anyone else goes through stages like this where they just go a bit all over the place.

Charlotte:
So my number one tip would be, prioritize your blood sugars. It's so easy for us to be busy and diabetes has to take a back seat sometimes, that's just the way life is. But if they're not behaving, it's actually counterproductive, because you're trying to get on, you're trying to complete tasks. If your blood sugars are all over the place, they're probably massively affecting your energy levels and also your mental ability. Because we know that if our blood sugars are running really high or if we're having hypos, then it's exhausting both physically and mentally. So I would say prioritize your blood sugars. Check them more, whether you finger prick or if you've got a CGM, just keep a closer eye on them and start putting them first.

Charlotte:
My second tip would be, especially if they're yo-yoing, so dropping too low and then spiking and dropping too low, start tracking your blood sugars and your food. Lots of people do this anyway, some people don't. Personally, I don't do a lot of tracking in terms of... I don't keep track of everything I'm eating. I don't log what I'm eating or anything like that in relation to my blood sugars, because generally my blood sugar management is very good, but it's like taking it back to basics a bit, and you can either use apps for this and log what you're eating alongside your blood sugars, and also log how much insulin you're taking.

Charlotte:
Personally, I like to go old school and just write it all down. So I literally just keep a little diary of what my blood sugar is, what I've eaten and how much I've injected. And then, it gives me something to go back to and have a look and be like, while they seem really erratic, actually, there's a pattern. I'm always spiking at this time, or I'm always having hypos around this time of day, or it's always this particular food that's giving me a spike. So sometimes even though they seem all over the place, if you actually write them down, you can start to see some patterns and they make a bit more sense. So, that is my second tip.

Charlotte:
The third thing to do is to rule out any other triggers that could be causing it. So do you feel like you're coming down with something? Even something as simple as a cold with diabetes can play havoc with your blood sugar levels. So have a little think about how you're feeling, and if maybe that was something else going on. Are you highly stressed? Are you going through a stressful time? Because our body creates stress hormones when we're stressed, and these raise our blood sugars. So even if you are getting your insulin doses perfect, or your nutrition is on point, your exercise in point, if you are stressed, it can sabotage your efforts, because it just raises those blood sugars. Another thing to look at is, are you dehydrated? So again, you could have everything else on point, but if you're dehydrated, your blood sugars will rise. So just, just have a think about things like that and see if you can pinpoint anything else that might be going on, that has caused your blood sugars to go a bit crazy.

Charlotte:
Along the same lines as that is, spend some time or do some techniques for help de-stress you. Stress has such a big impact on our blood sugars. Even if you don't feel that you're like really, really stressed, if your body is stressed at all, whether it's for your work or things going on at home or whatever it is, stress really does play havoc with blood sugars. So maybe prioritize some relaxation time. I know that's not always easy, but even if it's 10, 15 minutes, whether it's having some time to sit and read or having a nice bubble bath or whatever it is, try and just chill and see if that helps to calm your blood sugars.

Charlotte:
My fifth tip is to reduce your carbs. So I'm not saying this works for everybody, and I'm not saying reduce your carbs permanently, but the theory behind reducing your carbs is, if you're having less carbs... So this is mainly if you're type one, if you're having less carbs, you're injecting less fast-acting insulin, and therefore it's easier to get your doses right, whereas if you're consuming large amounts of carbohydrates, you could be going a bit wrong with your dosing. So if you reduce your carbs, naturally your blood sugars should stabilize themselves a bit anyway, but also it just makes your calculations a bit easier. So you can try reducing your carbs down, even if it's for a couple of days, to see if that helps calm things.

Charlotte:
So I'll just do a little recap of those again. One was to prioritize your blood sugars and check them more often. Number two is to keep a diary of your blood sugars, your food, and your insulin doses to help look for patterns. Number three is to rule out any other triggers, so if you're coming down with something or you're highly stressed, or if you're dehydrated. Four is to spend some time de-stressing, have a bit of relaxation time, see if that has an impact. And five is try temporarily reducing your carbs down to see if that helps.

Charlotte:
So, as I said, these are just from my own personal experience, these are things that I do when my blood sugars decide that they're going to start misbehaving. So I hope those are helpful, I hope they work for you. Just a reminder about subscribing, because I've got some awesome episodes coming up. We've got some really great your stories episodes, where I am interviewing some really inspirational and interesting people who have diabetes. So yeah, hit subscribe. Please do leave a review if you are enjoying the podcast, and until next time stay safe and stay happy.

Exit Titles
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