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Can Dehydration Cause High Blood Sugar Levels?

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Last month I was taken to the emergency room because my blood pressure dropped. It turned out I had gone low because of dehydration. I’m really embarrassed because I hadn’t realized how important hydration is. It was scary. I could sit up, but only for about a minute. Then I’d have to lie down again. Couldn’t even think about standing (which is hard enough for me on a good day). I was in the ER for about 12 hours getting IV fluids before I was strong enough to go home. Lord knows what it will cost, and all because I didn’t drink enough. I didn’t know I had a viral infection. They found that on a white blood count in the ER. But I did know I was eating lots of fiber, which absorbs water, and not drinking much. I just didn’t know I could get in so much physical trouble from a little dryness. For people with diabetes, the risk of dehydration is greater, because higher than normal blood glucose depletes fluids. To get rid of the glucose, the kidneys will try to pass it out in the urine, but that takes water. So the higher your blood glucose, the more fluids you should drink, which is why thirst is one of the main symptoms of diabetes. According to the British diabetes sit Continue reading >>

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  1. ForEverYoung

    Dehydration raises glucose levels.

    I found this article on dehydration and glucose levels.
    I haven't seen any discussions regarding dehydration and glucose levels, not sure if we have addressed that.
    If your urine is yellow, your supposedly dehydrated. Maybe we should check our bg levels when urine is yellow. Or check urine when bgs are high.
    Here is the article
    http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5202604...e-levels_.html

  2. Avoid Dehydration
  3. As a diabetic, you should know what causes dehydration and take steps to avoid it. Vigorous exercise in high heat and humidity conditions require a greater fluid intake, as does spending the day at the beach. Pay attention to your body's thirst signals. Have a plan to prevent or minimize dehydration caused by fever, vomiting or diarrhea. Take Action
  4. If you have diabetes and you suspect you are mildly dehydrated, check your blood sugar. If it is high, take immediate steps to lower it. Drink water or a beverage with electrolytes and follow your doctor's instructions about taking insulin or other medications. Do not drink coffee, tea or other liquids which act as diuretics. Focus on rehydrating (providing enough fluid for your body to function properly). While keeping your glucose levels under control is important, you cannot maintain normal glucose levels without reversing the dehydration.
  5. If you have any symptoms of severe dehydration--if you cannot keep fluids down, are disoriented, develop severe diarrhea or vomiting, have blue lips, cold hands or feet, or if you are extremely thirsty and do not urinate for seven to eight hours--seek medical attention immediately. Severe dehydration constitutes a life-threatening emergency.
    Read more: How Does Dehydration Affect Blood Glucose Levels? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5202604...#ixzz1B4av1G58

  • mgardner

    Interesting topic. Not to get graphic (but I will). My urine is usually bright yellow in the morn, and levels out to clear during the day as I drink more water. It's interesting that the article says that if you do not urinate 7 to 8 hours, seek medical attention immediately. Does that include sleeping hours? Thankfully, I no longer get up in the middle of the night for a potty run. I don't know if that would necessarily mean that I'm dehydrated? I always keep a glass of water by my bed, and drink if I wake up. My ketones have always been on target too.
    Thanks for the info.

  • ForEverYoung

    Mgardner,
    It's a long shot but there are a few members here that most of the bg control stuff that works for most, doesn't work for them. Maybe they are dehydrated.
    If you see your urine is yellow, take a reading of your bgs, like the article says, you owe it to yourself to know. Then drink some water and try not to eat for an hour and test again if urine is clear. .... it would be very interesting to see what the results are, I think many would appreciate if you posted that.
    My urine is pretty clear in the mornings but I will pay closer attention.
    Like I said before some members have tried just about everything and can't get bgs under control, it would be interesting if thier problem is that they are dehydrated.
    ... thanks for the response.

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