What to Do When Your Blood Sugar Spikes With Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you know it's important to manage your blood sugar level. But even with the right combination of diet, exercise, and medication, blood sugar swings can still happen. If yours is too high, here are a couple of things you can do right now to lower your blood sugar.

Relax. When you're stressed, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode and sends extra sugar to your blood. The fight or flight response can give you instant energy. But it also spikes your blood sugar. Activities like yoga, listening to calming music, and meditation can lower your stress and your blood sugar.

Drink water. This will hydrate your blood, flush sugar through your kidneys, and can help rehydrate you and lower your blood sugar. If your blood sugar level isn't coming down, call your doctor right away. You may need to make changes to your diabetes treatment plan or lifestyle.