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Hyperglycaemia (high Blood Sugar)

Hyperglycaemia is the medical term for a high blood sugar (glucose) level. It's a common problem for people with diabetes. It can affect people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as pregnant women with gestational diabetes. It can occasionally affect people who don't have diabetes, but usually only people who are seriously ill, such as those who have recently had a stroke or heart attack, or have a severe infection. Hyperglycaemia shouldn't be confused with hypoglycaemia, which is when a person's blood sugar level drops too low. This information focuses on hyperglycaemia in people with diabetes. Is hyperglycaemia serious? The aim of diabetes treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as near to normal as possible. But if you have diabetes, no matter how careful you are, you're likely to experience hyperglycaemia at some point. It's important to be able to recognise and treat hyperglycaemia, as it can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Occasional mild episodes aren't usually a cause for concern and can be treated quite easily or may return to normal on their own. However, hyperglycaemia can be potentially dangerous if blood sugar levels become very high o Continue reading >>

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  1. lorimac

    when is a blood sugar level too high

    I have just recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (as in five days ago) at age 23. The past two nights I have checked my sugars and the screen has read HI. What exactly does this mean? I once had a level of 512 so does this mean it is higher than that reading? Should i contact my doctor if I get a reading that says HI? sorry so many questions, but i'm still pretty confused about all of this. I am meeting with a diabetes educator tomorrow so hopefully it will make more sense then. Thanks
    Lori

  2. Lois

    If your meter has given you readings "HI" for some time, then you need to call your doctor and let them know. He may have you go to the ER. With these high readings are you experiencing the same symptoms you had when they diagnosed you? The average for glucose levels is 70-110, but your doctor should have told you what a good goal was for you. Give your doctor a call tonight and let them know. It is not good to keep your numbers that high.

  3. Amy

    hi Lorimac, I know how you feel, my blood sugar read HI last night too, I was at work then I took more insulin got it down to 360, took more insulin got it way down to 73> I used to live in Huntsville, AL. thats where I was diagnosed back in 2003

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