I am taking Metformin ER 500 MG 2 tab x 2 daily and my measurement of my blood sugar using a meter is over 300.
You could have an infection. You may need your med increased or another med added. You could have eaten something you shouldn't have. You could be a little dehydrated. You could need more exercise, or a little bit of 2 or more. 300 is getting pretty unsafe, and I'd really try to get it down asap.
Are you taking any other medications? There are many that raise blood sugars including various antibiotics.
As Kaismama says, staying healthy within a diabetic diet will keep you safe. It is essential to prevent damage. Your sugars need to come down to at least 120 or below. Measure sugars, take insulin, measure sugars twenty minutes later. If needed take more insulin. If it does not start coming down you need to see a doctor right away or if it goes up an ER.
High blood sugars result in blindness, neuropathy, poor blood flow on feet leading to amputations. Just to name a few issues. It can also lead to fainting and a coma.
Want you to be safe along with all the other readers who would like to know. Let is know how you are doing. Karen
When are you checking your blood sugars. The recommended times are first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything, than two hours post-prandial (after a meal). Steroids can cause your blood sugar to rise. And like KM said, it could be an infection. Blood sugars tend to be higher when you're ill, under any type of stress and of course eating too many carbohydrates at a meal. Have you seen a dietitian for medical nutrition therapy? They will teach you carb counting. I ask because I am one and they do the nutrition component. Or should, not md's or endocrinologists.
Sx of high blood sugar are polyuria, polydypsia and polyphagia (increased thirst, frequent urination and increased hunger). If your blood sugar is over 240 mg/dL, you should call your doctor. You don't want to end up with DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) which can lead to a diabetic coma.
If you're not feeling poorly, you're glucometer may need calibrated, new batteries, etc. Or you may need different type of med. They're are several classes of meds.
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