What Blood Glucose Level Is Considered Hyperglycemic?

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Hyperglycemia is the term given to when your blood sugar levels are higher than 10 mmol/L. Blood sugar levels levels exceeding 7 mmol/L can damage internal organs, however, symptoms may not develop until blood glucose levels exceed 15 mmol/L so it's worth knowing about the symptoms of hyperglycemia and how to recognise the symptoms. Read more about hyperglycemia at: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/Diabetes-an...

Hyperglycemia: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment

Glucose can build up in the blood when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, a hormone that acts as a sort of key to unlocking cells so glucose can get inside them. Themedical term for this is called hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) and refers to higher than normal levels of glucose (sugar) in the bloodabove 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). For otherwise healthy people 59 and under, a normal blood sugar range is between 80 and 120 mg/dL. And, forthose who are 60 and older, the normal range is between 100 and 140 mg/dL. Hyperglycemia is a symptom of both type 1 diabetes and of type 2 diabetes. In other words, it's one of the factors that cause a person to be diagnosed with either condition. It is also a complication of the two forms of diabetes. This means that once a diagnosis is made and a person has begun to successfully manage their diabetesmeaning they've lowered their blood sugar to a normal levelhyperglycemia can be a sign that there's actually a problem with the treatment protocol. Other conditions can also be associated with elevated blood sugar levels. But, regardless of what might cause hyperglycemia, the symptoms essentially will be the same. Either way, if bl Continue reading >>

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  1. Alan

    This is a long post (my first on this forum) and I'm NOT looking for medical advice but I'm hoping to get some information from someone who may have had a similar experience about high total cholesterol and LDL numbers on results on my first post-keto blood work. I had the blood work done for an upcoming physical this week.
    I've been eating Keto for almost a year. I haven't methodically tracked what I've been eating, but can say that for the most part I've been very conscientious what I've eaten. I've experienced many positive results including better mental focus and acuity and less anxiety and depression. About 3-months ago, I was feeling better than I had emotionally in a long time, and weaned myself (very slowly) off anti-depressants which I'd been taking for decades.
    Although I wasn't particularly overweight when I started the Keto diet (I'm 6' 2" and weighed 180-lbs or so), but after I hit an all time high on the scale at 185 and was starting to carry some new belly fat, I wanted the trajectory for my weight to improve.
    After almost a year of Keto, while weight loss wasn't really a primary goal of the diet, I'm back down to around 170 pounds which I consider to be a much better weight for me. Before I started doing a sedentary job 20+ years ago, I weighed around 165 which I'm guessing is where my body may reset if I continue on this Keto journey which I very much want to do.
    I have a history of cardiovascular disease in my family with both my dad and his Dad dying from heart attacks, although both were overweight and smokers so I've always tried to maintain a healthy diet, but the definition of healthy has shifted for me over the past year.
    My total cholesterol for the recent blood work was 341 mg/dL where it's almost always been under 200 in my past results. The calculated LDL result was 249 which was 100 mg/dL higher that it's ever been. So, I was rattled and upset when I saw those unexpected numbers.
    Before he ordered the tests, I thought about asking my doctor to order a more detailed lipid panel for particle counts and for Lipoprotein(a) and Lipoprotein(b) which from what I've read would be good to know, as well as the particle counts, but I wasn't expecting my LDL's to be so out of whack. In retrospect, I wish I had done that and will discuss this with him next week as an option.
    Interestingly, other markers look good. My triglycerides were 63 mg/dL, and HDL was 79 mg/dL which is almost 30 points higher than what I've averaged over the years. And finally, while this isn't a lipid panel result, my C-reactive protein result was under 3 mg/L which is significantly lower than what had been in previous blood work.
    I'm trying to stay calm, but I started the diet without consulting with my doctor (in retrospect probably not a great idea) whom I like very much , but I'm concerned that rather than partnering with me to try to figure out what's going on, he may push me to drop the diet, or worse still, push statins or other drugs.
    I think it's far more likely that I'll figure this out with the support of my doc once we get to talk, but I'm hoping to find some information here to help point me in the right direction. And to be honest, I'm hoping someone can help talk me off the ledge a bit and deal with the anxiety surrounding the results.
    This isn't a question that can be answered definitively on a forum, but I'm wondering if I might be one of the small percentage (1-2%?) of people who don't do well with a high fat / low carb diet. I hope that's not the case because there have been so many great benefits that I've experienced, but it's a little scary right now...
    Any similar experiences out there? And if so, what did you do and what were the results?

    Thanks all!

  2. camtosh

    Just a quick response to ask if you have read @DaveKeto 's blog about cholesterol? It explains how the tests are affected by your fat intake in the three days prior to testing. He was on the 2KD podcast too: https://www.ketogenicforums.com/t/episode-63-cholesterol-code-update-with-dave-feldman/10635

  3. Sheri_Knauer

    The same thing happened to me. I had always been an exerciser and healthy eater (well, what I believed to be healthy eating but like you, that has shifted in the last year). I was always proud of my low total cholesterol(average was under 180) and low ldl(well below 100) numbers. I started keto Aug of 2016. In Nov of 16, I had to get blood work done for insurance purposes. My total cholesterol was 318 and my ldl was 215. My doctor, who was new (my husband insisted I get a primary care doctor since I didn't have one that I liked very much so never went to) immediately freaked out when he saw that number and wanted me to start taking a hefty dose of statins. I refused. From everything I had read about keto and cholesterol and cholesterol in general in regards to heart disease, I was absolutely confident in my decision to refuse to take statins. He had his office assistant call me and try to push them on me, no come in so we can discuss anything. He had no interest in having a discussion about any reason why my cholesterol levels increased so dramatically from previous years (we've had to get a cholesterol panel done every year for insurance so he had data from the last few years).
    I told my husband I was not going back to this doctor but my husband convinced me to give him another try. He had to get some blood work done 4 months later and convinced me to get mine done again since cholesterol levels are know to be wonky in the first 6 months of keto (my first blood draw was when I was only 3 months keto) so I agreed. Went to Dr in March 17, husband got blood draw and had convinced the dr to have blood drawn on me so a VAP test could be run so we could determine particle size, not just general numbers. So the doctor seemed open to that, his assistant came back in the room 10 minutes later and said they can't find a lab that does the VAP test so if I want it done, Im on my own. Alrighty then. Strike 2 on this doctor.
    So, on my own, I find a lab that will run and NMR test and that test still came up with high total cholesterol (353) and high ld (229) but it determined the particle size was primarily type A, my HDL was 113 and my triglycerides were 54. I felt those numbers were awesome.
    Then I get the call from the doctors office (his assistant again). Apparently the doctor had never seen results from an NMR test and in the hours of research he put in to try to interpret the results, his conclusion was that my total cholesterol and ldl were still high and since I refused to take statins, he wants me to go see an endocrinologist.
    Strike 3 and he is definitely out!
    So I would re listen to the podcasts from the 2 keto dudes regarding cholesterol, check out the links they provide on their website. There are also podcasts that discuss cholesterol (Ketovangelist and Keto Talk). Listen to those. There are a lot of videos out there on You Tube regarding understanding what the cholesterol numbers mean presented by doctors and researchers who understand and are familiar with cholesterol and the keto diet. Then I would go back to your doctor to discuss armed and ready with the studies, knowledge and data that you can discuss and share with him. Who knows, maybe your doctor will take a renewed interest in learning updated research regarding cholesterol.
    Both of my maternal grandparents died of heart attacks and my paternal grandfather died of a stroke, paternal grandmother died in her 90's but she had dementia due to atherosclerosis.
    Good luck and don't let those numbers freak you out because its really not cut and dry, your numbers say this so it equals this. Request the VAP or NMR test to get particle size. You can request also a heart calcium scan which will tell you if there is any kind of plaque buildup on the coronary arteries.

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Diabetes And Hyperglycemia

Tweet Hyperglycemia occurs when people with diabetes have too much sugar in their bloodstream. Hyperglycemia should not be confused with hypoglycemia, which is when blood sugar levels go too low. You should aim to avoid spending long periods of time with high blood glucose levels. What is hyperglycemia? Hyperglycemia, the term for expressing high blood sugar, has been defined by the World Health Organisation as: Blood glucose levels greater than 7.0 mmol/L (126 mg/dl) when fasting Blood glucose levels greater than 11.0 mmol/L (200 mg/dl) 2 hours after meals Although blood sugar levels exceeding 7 mmol/L for extended periods of time can start to cause damage to internal organs, symptoms may not develop until blood glucose levels exceed 11 mmol/L. What causes hyperglycemia? The underlying cause of hyperglycemia will usually be from loss of insulin producing cells in the pancreas or if the body develops resistance to insulin. More immediate reasons for hyperglycemia include: Missing a dose of diabetic medication, tablets or insulin Eating more carbohydrates than your body and/or medication can manage Being mentally or emotionally stressed (injury, surgery or anxiety) Contracting an in Continue reading >>

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  1. Mohammed Rafiq Sethi

    Increase in respiratory rate leads to loss of carbon dioxide from the blood stream. Carbon dioxide when dissolved in water makes carbonic acid which is an acid but a weak one. Nonetheless, when it is eliminated in the form of carbon dioxide with the rapid breathing, the balance of the normal pH tips towards the blood pH to become alkaline (higher pH) The condition is called respiratory alkalosis. In response the propagation of never impulses along the nerves gets disturbed causing numbness and tingling in hand and lips etc.

  2. Cara Van Der Merwe

    When you hyperventilate, your body is trying to get as much oxygen into your system as possible in order to prepare you for what it perceives as a physical threat. It doesn't have to necessarily be an actual physical threat, but your body needs to respond to a stimuli as though it is. This is why someone who is having an anxiety attack starts to hyperventilate. They experience such mental stress that their bodies feel they are under an actual physical threat. The problem is that the oxygen gets prioritided in this case, as your body is trying to prepare your muscles to be able to move quickly. The carbon dioxide, on the other hand, as a waste product of respiration gets put on a lower priority level. The carbon dioxide keeps building up and as it is acidic, the pH in your blood becomes more acidic.

  3. Chu Wan Chi

    Hyperventilation, in the context of blood pH, is a response to decreased blood pH. It also occurs in conditions that stimulate the respiratory area in the medulla oblongata (e.g. oxygen deficiency due to high altitudes, stroke, severe anxiety).
    When blood pH decreases, this change is sensed by the central chemoreceptors in the medulla oblongata in the brain and the peripheral chemoreceptors in the carotid and aortic bodies. This, in turn, stimulates the respiratory area of the medulla oblongata. As a result, the diaphragm and other respiratory muscles contract more forcefully and rapidly (hyperventilation). This increases exhalation of carbon dioxide.

    Since carbon dioxide combines with water to form carbonic acid (acidic), an increase in exhalation of carbon dioxide (thus a decrease in carbon dioxide concentration) decreases the formation of carbonic acid, so blood pH increases.

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Learn the basics of when and how to check your blood glucose levels. For more information: http://www.upstate.edu/joslin

High Blood Glucose | Joslin Diabetes Center

Skipped or not enough diabetes pills or insulin Insulin that has spoiled after being exposed to extreme heat or freezing cold Stress, illness, infection, injury or surgery A blood glucose meterthat is not reading accurately What should you do for high blood glucose? Be sure to drink plenty of water. It is recommended to drink a minimum of 8 glasses each day. If your blood glucose is 250 or greater and you are on insulin, check your urine for ketones. If you have ketones, follow your sick day rules or call your healthcare team if you are not sure what to do. Ask yourself what may have caused the high blood sugar, and take action to correct it. Ask your healthcare team if you are not sure what to do. Try to determine if there is a pattern to your blood glucose levels. Check your blood glucose before meals 3 days in a row. If greater than your target level for 3 days, a change in medication may be needed. Call your healthcare team or adjust your insulin dose following well day rules. Call your healthcare team if you are currently using diabetes pills. Ask yourself the questions outlined below. The answers will give you the information you need to determine what to do about the hyperg Continue reading >>

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  1. Dr. E

    We know that in order to reach Ketosis you must eat 0 carbs so eventually your body chews up all the glucose stored away in your body. This being said, would doing cardio in the evening (after you have eaten 0 carbs for the day) let you reach Ketosis faster by using some of this glucose up while doing cardio??
    The Doc

  2. johnny iron

    ALA (alpha lipoic acid) would help out. Mr. X, any thoughts?

  3. Mr.X Guest

    Insulin... if not possible, then try the following supplements: chromium picolinate, ALA (I have not gotten great results w/ ALA, personally), MCT oil (no earlier then 4 hours after your last carb meal).....I really don't think there are any other supplements that help a lot. Basically, you need look for supplements that can control insulin sensitivity and help transport glucose.

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