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When Is Blood Sugar Level Dangerously High

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What Is High Blood Sugar?

Have you ever tried to fly a remote control airplane or helicopter? If you steer too sharply one way, your plane will crash into the ground. And if you go too far in the opposite direction, the plane will nose directly upward, making it difficult to control. For people with diabetes, controlling blood sugar levels (or blood glucose levels) is kind of like piloting that plane. To stay in the air and have the most fun, you have to keep blood sugar levels steady. Having a blood sugar level that's too high can make you feel lousy, and having it often can be unhealthy. The blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a sugar that comes from the foods we eat, and it's also formed and stored inside the body. It's the main source of energy for the cells of our body, and it's carried to each cell through the bloodstream. Hyperglycemia (pronounced: hi-per-gly-SEE-me-uh) is the medical word for high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels happen when the body either can't make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or can't respond to insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). The body needs insulin so glucose in the blood can enter the cells of the body where it can be used for ener 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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