What Happens When Your Blood Sugar Is Too High?

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What Happens If Your Blood Sugar Gets Too High With Diabetes?

If you have diabetes and your blood sugar is too high, your cells can’t function correctly, and you’ll start to feel uncomfortably sick. The cells in your body need glucose, more commonly known as sugar, to survive and function. Our diets contain many sources of glucose, but it can’t reach our bodies’ cells without the help of insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Insulin is responsible for transporting glucose to your cells. When your body doesn’t have enough insulin or it is not active enough, both symptoms of diabetes, the sugar remains in the blood without reaching cells. That’s why diabetes and high blood sugar often go hand in hand. What Causes High Blood Sugar? Prescription Discounts up to 75% off Sugar accumulates in the blood either when there is not enough insulin to transport it or when the insulin that is available is not active. Type 1 diabetes patients are incapable of making the insulin necessary to transport glucose to the cells. Type 2 diabetes patients are insulin resistant. They often, but not always, have the insulin required by the body, but the insulin is ineffective. Patients with diabetes are more prone to high blood sugar levels if they: Continue reading >>

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  1. Yoga62

    Have taken 2000 mg of metformin for many years. Wondering now with Tresiba if it is really necessary. Guess I will keep taking it. Doctor said it could help with weight, but I just gained 12 pounds in less than 3 weeks with Lantus. I hope the Tresiba is going to help me to lose the 12 pounds I put on with Lantus. Anyone have input on metforimin with Tresiba? Anyone notice weight gain or loss going from Lantus to Tresiba?

  2. Brian_BSC

    Some people find that Metformin can make a big difference in their insulin sensitivity. This can reduce your insulin dose and may help you lose weight. The best thing to do is give it a try. You should notice any change in insulin requirements (assuming you have done basal testing and established a good basal) by a reduction in basal requirements. Any effect on weight can be really hard to determine. Many people do fine that they gain back weight after having uncontrolled blood sugars and starting insulin. I know that everyone always worries about weight, but you may find it better to think of at least some of those 12 lbs as “healing.”

  3. cardamom

    I went in the other direction—since I’ve been Type I since a kid, I’ve been on insulin for decades (Lantus now for years), and I recently added Metformin to the mix (worked my way up to 750mg of the ER 2x a day—considering increasing to 1000mg bid bc why not?). I found it lowered my insulin need/improved my A1c, reduced my appetite (which made eating in a way that facilitates better blood glucose control much easier), and somewhat blunted my dawn phenomenon (although not entirely). As a result of all of that, I lost a decent bit of weight up front and have had a much easier time than in many years continuing to gradually lose weight since. First time in my adult life sustainable weight loss has felt doable.

    So you may find that those things would all become worse without it… but only way to know would be to try, and I’d imagine they’d recommend tapering off your dose if you do. On the other hand, if you’ve been insulin deficient, you might gain weight at first with any insulin, since it’s possible you’ve been losing weight for lack of it, as Brian was saying. If that’s the case, it should plateau eventually.

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