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Hyperglycemia: Treat It Early

Hyperglycemia is when your blood glucose level goes too high; it is high blood sugar. Part of managing diabetes (either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes) on a daily basis is learning how to avoid hyperglycemia. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia early is helpful. If your blood sugar shoots up too high, it can be dangerous—and it can possibly land you in the hospital, especially if it leads to diabetic ketoacidosis. Also, if your blood sugar is continually in the high range, your likelihood of developing long-term diabetes complications such as nerve damage, kidney failure, and heart disease rises dramatically. So it is important to detect when your blood glucose reaches unacceptable levels. Early Signs and Symptoms of Hyperglycemia The best defensive tactic for identifying elevated blood glucose is testing with a glucose meter. Your doctor will advise you how frequently you should test and what levels you should be aiming for. However, your body can also let you know when there is too much glucose circulating in your blood. It may prompt you with: thirst dry mouth blurry vision fatigue If you experience these symptoms, check your blood glucose right Continue reading >>

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  1. thatone1967

    A work colleague was taken ill at work on Friday and taken off to hospital by his dad.
    He is still in, apparently his heart rate was high, but he has also been diagnosed as type 2 diabetes, his blood sugar upon admission was apparently 22.
    The mrs has type 2 also, but I have never seen her this high.
    The chap at works speech got progressively worse over the preceding couple of days ( has does not have the best speech, so we did not notice initially) my thoughts when he was taken away was possibly a stroke (although we did the basic checks and all seemed fine)
    How dangerous is 22?

  2. K77 CTR

    22 as a one off is not dangerously high but if it remained high there is the risk of a diabetic coma (diabetic ketoacidosis) which I life threatening.
    I suspect if your colleague didn't know they were diabetic then they have probably been running high for a while and that's why they were experiencing the symptoms you describe.

  3. PintOfKittens

    K77 CTR said:
    22 as a one off is not dangerously high but if it remained high there is the risk of a diabetic coma (diabetic ketoacidosis) which I life threatening.
    I suspect if your colleague didn't know they were diabetic then they have probably been running high for a while and that's why they were experiencing the symptoms you describe. Its dangerous but not life threatening - DKA takes quite a while to set in, when my brother had a random blood glucose of 22, I rushed him into A&E, 15mins later, he was on an insulin drip.
    Long term high blood sugar can cause end organ damage, damage to eyes, lead to strokes / heart attacks...

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