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Hyperglycemia

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Updated January 12, 2009

Definition:

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
  • Sickness
  • Stress

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.

Source:

Hyperglycemia. American Diabetes Association. Retrieved November 22, 2008. http://www.diabetes.org/type-1-diabetes/hypoglycemia.jsp

Also Known As: High blood glucose (sugar)
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