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Is it possible to reduce sugar levels in an emergency?

Is it possible to reduce sugar levels in an emergency?

The answer is yes, but for that, truckers with diabetes or problems related to high blood sugar levels must carry out constant and detailed monitoring of their blood glucose in order to detect problems early.

Hyperglycemia, that is, high levels of sugar in the blood, occur due to a lack of insulin, therefore, it is necessary for people with type 1 or 2 diabetes to have to take insulin. Truckers can identify if they are experiencing a diabetes emergency through the following symptoms:

- Increased thirst;
- Constant urge to urinate;
- Blurry vision;
- Headache;
- Cold sweat;
- vomiting;
- Nausea;
- Stomach ache;
- Numbness;
- Lethargy;
- Weakness;
- Ketones in urine

It is very important that truckers act quickly if they detect that their blood sugar levels are high, as the risk of serious consequences, such as a diabetic coma or diabetic neuropathy, is high.

What are the emergency measures for truckers if their blood sugar levels rise too fast when they are on the road?

1. Administer Insulin - First of all, truckers who have type 1 or 2 diabetes, must measure the level of sugar in their blood. If the result is very high, it is best to go to the doctor. If it is high, but it is not an extreme case that demands medical attention, the most basic measure would be to administer insulin to lower the trucker`s high blood sugar. It must be borne in mind that the improvement will occur 2 or 3 hours after taking the insulin dose and not taking a new dose, as it could cause an abrupt drop in blood sugar.
2. Hydration - It is very important to drink plenty of water to keep sugar levels stable, preventing glucose from concentrating in the blood and eliminating its excess in the urine.
3. Practice physical exercise - This healthy habit helps lower blood sugar levels. Even a simple 15 minute walk to the truck stop has a major impact on the lives of diabetic truckers who do not take insulin.

Some habits any diabetic trucker can adopt to avoid their blood sugar from rising:

- Avoid consuming carbohydrates, as these turn into sugar;
- Eat more fiber because this type of food helps reduce the absorption of sugar;
- Drink plenty of water to keep blood glucose low;
- Sleep and rest well so that the hormones work well;
- Keep stress under control as this increased shape increases sugar levels.
- Practice physical exercise to help the body work well and use the body`s sugar in the proper way.
- Do not drink drinks that contain sugar;
- Constantly monitor your blood sugar levels to identify any changes in time.

All truck drivers suffering from diabetes have to be in frequent contact with their family doctor and make sure that their medical insurance can cover an emergency in any state.

Truckers Health


Edic.: 174
Autor: El Trailero Magazine
Date: 1/2022