How High Blood Sugar Is Too High

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5 Red Signs Of High Blood Sugar You Should Know.

Do You Have Signs of High Blood Sugar? Research results from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that almost a third of people who have diabetes, do not know that they have it! You could be one of those who already have diabetes, or you could be someone who is pre-diabetic, a condition that raises your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Here are 5 signs of high blood sugar you should know. Your pancreas produces insulin which controls the level of blood sugar in your body. In Type 2 diabetes, your cells are resistant to insulin, which leaves much of sugar, unable to be absorbed by the cells, in your bloodstream, which impacts negatively on the pancreas, and over-works the kidneys, which then deposit large amounts of sugar-filled liquid into the bladder, leading to frequent urinating. It is almost like being dehydrated, and you are constantly thirsty, seemingly unable to get enough to drink. Is this you? If you are always thirsty, check the list below for more red flags of high blood sugar. Red Flag #1 High blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a true red flag for pre-diabetes and insulin resistance by the cells. High BP has no symptoms, so 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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