Hyperglycemia occurs when your blood glucose gets higher than your target range. Basically, it means there is too much glucose in your blood and not enough insulin.
Everyone is going to have a high blood glucose reading once in awhile. It's when you get a lot of high blood glucose readings, you have ketones, or if the reading is extremely high that you have to worry.
Some people never feel it when their blood glucose is high. That's why diabetes can be dangerous. People can't tell their glucose is too high so they don't do anything about it.
You probably felt the symptoms of hyperglycemia before you were diagnosed. Common signs of high blood glucose are:
- Peeing a lot
- Extreme thirst
- Feeling tired
- Feeling weak
- Blurry vision or can’t see clearly
- Feeling hungry even if you just ate
If your blood glucose is running unusually high, be sure to check for ketones. If your blood glucose is running high regularly, talk with your D-team about adjusting your insulin, meal or exercise plan.
In an emergency
If your blood glucose gets too high for too long, your body will start to make ketones. Sometimes if you're sick, your body might produce at a lower blood glucose level so be sure to check for ketones when you're sick.
Ketones are bad for your body and if too many ketones build up, you can develop Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).
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