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When Your Blood Sugar Is Too High Or Too Low

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to keep your blood sugar in the range your doctor has advised, it can be too high or too low. Blood sugar that is too high or too low can make you very sick. Here's how to handle these emergencies. What You Need to Know about High Blood Sugar If your blood sugar stays over 240, it is too high. High blood sugar usually comes on slowly. It happens when you don't have enough insulin in your body. High blood sugar can happen if you miss taking your diabetes medicine, eat too much, or don't get enough exercise. Sometimes, medicines you take for other problems may cause high blood sugar. Be sure to tell your doctor about other medicines you take. This chart shows the ranges of blood sugar. Having an infection or being sick or under stress can also make your blood sugar too high. That is why it is very important to test your blood and keep taking your medicine (insulin or diabetes pills) when you have an infection or are sick. Your blood sugar may be too high if you are very thirsty and tired, have blurry vision, are losing weight fast, and have to go to the bathroom often. Very high blood sugar may make you feel sick to your stomach, faint, or throw Continue reading >>

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  1. —Anonymous

    Any doctors, nurses or pharmacists out there, PLEASE!!!
    I have had type 2 diabetes very well controlled by diet alone for almost 6 years with my A1C ranging always between 5.2 and 5.6.
    I had a severe asthma attack and have been on and will have to stay on for another week a large dose of Prednisone. I had been getting it IV at the hospital as an inpatient for the past week and now have to continue with a tapering off amount for another week.
    My blood sugar has gone quite high because of the prednisone. I was instructed to take regular insulin for this week whenever my sugar goes higher than 200.
    I had no insulin in the house, never used it before. I got a prescription at the hospital and picked up a bottle of Novolog. The pharmacy is now closed. I went to use it and I see on the box that it expired September 2013. Again, this is regular, not long lasting insulin. I called the hospital and they said they can’t tell me to use expired insulin or to just skip it, one way or the other. I have no private doctor. I don’t know if I should take it or skip it until tomorrow when I can call the pharmacist. My sugar is 257.

  2. —Anonymous

    What the h#ll is the hospital doing selling expired medicine? Don't let that one go, OP. Is there a medical helpline in your area that you could phone?

  3. —Anonymous

    Insulin will just become less and less effective over time and with exposure to light and heat.
    It won't harm you, it just might not do much.

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