How High Blood Sugar Is Too High

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What A High Blood Sugar Feels Like.

The American Diabetes Association cites the following symptoms as indicative of high blood sugar: High blood glucose [Editor’s note: Duh] High levels of sugar in the urine Frequent urination Increased thirst And if high blood sugar goes untreated? “Hyperglycemia can be a serious problem if you don’t treat it, so it’s important to treat as soon as you detect it. If you fail to treat hyperglycemia, a condition called ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) could occur. Ketoacidosis develops when your body doesn’t have enough insulin. Without insulin, your body can’t use glucose for fuel, so your body breaks down fats to use for energy. When your body breaks down fats, waste products called ketones are produced. Your body cannot tolerate large amounts of ketones and will try to get rid of them through the urine. Unfortunately, the body cannot release all the ketones and they build up in your blood, which can lead to ketoacidosis.” – ADA website But what does a high blood sugar feel like? Because when you see someone who is working through an elevated blood sugar, they may not look terribly out of sorts. But what is happening inside of them is real, and plays out in a myriad of wa Continue reading >>

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  1. Intubate

    How high is too high for blood sugar?

    I'm preparing for oral boards, and asking myself, why? all the time...
    One of my partners had a 48 yr old hypertensive type 2 diabetic for an abdominal hysterectomy who ran out of her oral hypoglycemic agents a week ago. Her blood sugar was 365. My partner cancelled her and told her to see her primary MD, get back on her meds, and come back.
    I thought I probably would have treated with insulin, given some fluid, and done the case. But then I got to thinking, when would I NOT do the case? I think I need a good answer for that question, but I don't have one. I guess you could send labs to make sure a patient wasn't ketotic (if they were type 1) or hyperosmolar (type 2)? Never seen anyone do that, though.

  2. Planktonmd

    There is really no magic number, but good blood sugar control is desirable before elective surgery, and this means the closer to normal you can get the better.
    Poorly controled blood sugar causes many problems ,as you know, including increased infection rate and delayed healing, in addition to a global increase in postoperative morbidity and mortality.
    If the patient is medically optimized and compliant with hypoglycemics but still shows up with elevated blood sugar the day of surgery, then acute management might be ok, but 360 is too high and I would say a good personal number is 300.
    So.. for the boards, any abnormal blood sugar needs to be addressed before elective surgery, and a full evaluation is needed including all the possible end organ complications of diabetes.
    Now... real life is a little different as you know, and many times there are other factors that need to be considered, many of which have nothing to do with science or medicine.

  3. militarymd

    We routinely take patients with high glucoses (>350) who are asymptomatic to the OR.
    It depends solely on the type of surgery you're having....low risk....intermediate....high risk.
    I have a hand surgeon who does carpal tunnels in 2 minutes ..skin to skin...with a Bier Block....Less stress than taking a dump....Why on god's green earth would anyone delay that case for asymptomatic hyperglycemia.
    A TAH....well...that depends on your surgeon....but we would take this patient back with our surgeons...1 hour case...100 cc blood loss....less than donating a unit of blood.
    All that stuff you're reading about morbidity and mortality.....look at what surgeries they're having....

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