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High Blood Sugar In Cats

Hyperglycemia in Cats The term hyperglycemia refers to higher than normal levels of glucose in the blood. A simple carbohydrate sugar that circulates in the blood, glucose is a major source of energy for the body, of which normal levels range between 75-120mg. Insulin, a hormone that is produced and released by the pancreas into the bloodstream when glucose levels rise, plays a pivotal role in maintaining the blood sugar levels within normal limits. If insulin concentration is too low or there is absolute deficiency of insulin, levels of glucose rise sharply leading to hyperglycemia. Some of the causes for hyperglycemia may be pancreatitis, and the resulting inability to produce insulin; normally occurring hormones, especially in female cats; diet; and infections of the body (such as teeth, or urinary tract). Middle aged and older cats are more at risk for developing hyperglycemia, but otherwise, no breed is particularly disposed to this condition. Neutered male cats are at increased risk. Cats in general are prone to high blood sugar, typically during times of stress, where glucose levels may reach 300-400mg. This is often a temporary increase in blood sugar, and while it warrants Continue reading >>

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  1. Jodi9

    Ketones with a low blood sugar

    I know a bit about the dangers of ketones in your urine because of high blood sugars. However, has anyone experienced ketones in your urine after having perfectly normal blood sugar ranges? Last night I woke up and had a regular reading, but in the morning I had ketones in my urine. Yesterday, I walked around a lot and didn't have a chance to eat much until dinner time. Frankly, I don't enjoy eating these days and didn't like it much pre-diabetes diagnosis. I get too worried about having a high blood sugar that I prefer not to eat much! So why in the world would I have ketones?! It is very confusing. If anyone else has had experience with this, I'd appreciate your thoughts! My endo says I'm different from his "usual" patients and doesn't have much of an answer for me :(

  2. BadMoonT2

    Low amounts of keytones in your urine indicate your body is burning fat instead of carbs and is not dangerous. Most people will show low ketones in the morning because they are fasting, this would be consistent with your description of what you ate yesterday. Ketoacidosis is the presence of high amounts of keytones and high blood sugars simultaneously and is very dangerous. This often happens in T1's on diagnosis because they have no insulin in their bodies. Here is a link to a

  3. Ann8

    I am just about always in ketosis and my blood sugar levels are very good. My diet is pretty ketogenic. I get most of my energy from burning fat instead of glucose. Ketones are the by-product of fat burning.
    The dangerous combination is ketones + high blood sugar.

    I think that most people feel anxious or frightened of food for awhile after diagnosis. You can work through that, though. Really, you can! If you follow a structured food plan for a bit, you won't have to worry about going too high or too low. You might have a look at Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. He describes a very thorough, detailed way of eating that is safe. You may decide that you want to eat more carbohydrate than he suggests--lots of people find they can eat more carbs without spikes--but giving yourself a break from the anxiety might be a good thing to try for a bit, first. You can make small changes from there with confidence that you're not doing anything harmful to your body.

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