Glucose Control: Benefits |
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What is it?
Too much sugar in the blood is
called hyperglycemia. This is a problem that, left uncontrolled, can damage eyes,
kidneys, heart, nerves and blood vessels. Causes include eating too much food,
too little insulin or other medication, forgetting to take insulin or medication,
skipping normal exercise, feeling sick or stressed.
What are the symptoms?
Often there are no signs with
hyperglycemia. But if the blood sugar is extremely high, you may experience
headache, blurry vision, thirst, hunger, frequent urination, dry skin, upset tummy
or a fruity smell on the breath.
What is the treatment?
You should do as your doctor has
advised you. You may be told to have an extra dose of short-acting insulin. If your
blood glucose is over 240 mg/dl, you may test your urine for ketones, which are made
when your body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. You should drink lots of fluids,
check your glucose frequently and call a doctor or nurse. If your blood glucose is more
than 500 mg/dl and there are signs of ketones in your urine, get to a hospital