When you experience hyperglycemia, it simply means that your blood sugar (glucose) is high. Hyperglycemia is common for people with type 1 diabetes and because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep glucose in balance. High blood glucose is most often caused by one or more of the following:
- Taking too little insulin
- Eating too much
Common symptoms of hyperglycemia include:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Weight loss
If high blood glucose is not treated within a reasonably short period of time it can develop into a condition called ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening.
The best way to prevent hyperglycemia is to check your blood sugar regularly, exercise on a daily basis and follow your prescribed meal plan.
Hyperglycemia. American Diabetes Association. Retrieved November 22, 2008. http://www.diabetes.org/type-1-diabetes/hypoglycemia.jsp