Back To The Basics: Preparing For Highs And Lows

by Amelia Rehrman

Out of range blood sugars can be so frustrating! And when we’re not feeling well because of a stubborn high or low, it can be hard to remember ways to get back in range without overtreating.


I put together a list of some things I try to do when my blood sugar is out of range. Hopefully this can be helpful to you!


When you have a high blood sugar:

  • Drink lots of water.

  • Make sure your pump site is working! Look at the site to make sure there’s no apparent signs of leaking insulin.

  • Check ketones if appropriate.

  • Move around! Take a walk, clean the house, do laundry.

  • If you suspect your pump site isn’t working, or if you’ve done multiple corrections and your blood sugar still has not come down, use a syringe or insulin pen to do a correction. Make sure to account for insulin you have already given through the insulin pump.


When you have a low blood sugar:

  • If you suspect your CGM may be wrong, check with a finger prick.

  • Treat with something that will act quickly, like juice. Try to only give a reasonable amount of carbs to treat the low, and wait for the low to come back up.

  • Sit down and stop what you’re doing! You don’t want activity to make you go any lower.

  • Tell someone if you’re worried you’re really low. That way they are aware in case something happens.


Are we missing anything on this list? Leave a comment or let us know over at @typeonetogether on Instagram or Facebook!

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