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Hyperglycemia is the technical term for high blood glucose (sugar). High blood glucose occurs when the body has too little insulin or when the body can't use insulin properly. Hyperglycemia is a condition that most diabetics get from time to time.

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If untreated, hyperglycemia can be a serious problem. Hyperglycemia is a major cause of several of the long-term complications that happen to people who are diabetic. It's important to know what hyperglycemia is, what its symptoms are, and how to treat it.

Causes of Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia can be caused by a variety of factors. Type 1 diabetics need to ensure they have given themselves enough insulin. If there is not enough insulin present, it can cause hyperglycemia. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body may have enough insulin, but it may not be acting as effectively as it should be.

Other causes could be that you ate more than you had planned to or you were not able to exercise as much as you had hoped to be able to do. Stressful situations, either physical or mental can also contribute to hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia can be caused by an illness like a cold, or the flu as well.

Hyperglycemia Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia are, high blood glucose, high levels of sugar in the urine, frequent urination, and increased thirst.

Treatment for Hyperglycemia

It's important to treat hyperglycemia as soon as you detect it. If left untreated, a condition called ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) could occur. Ketoacidosis develops when your body doesn't have enough insulin. Without insulin, your body is unable to use glucose as fuel.

At life with diabetes we encourage you to monitor your glucose levels as often as your doctor recommends. We strive to provide you with all the necessary resources and supplies to make managing your diabetes as easy as possible.

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