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Diabetic Hyperglycemia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is diabetic hyperglycemia?

Diabetic hyperglycemia is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than your diabetes care team provider recommends. You may not have any signs and symptoms. You may have more thirst and urinate more often than usual.

What increases my risk for diabetic hyperglycemia?

Why is it important to manage diabetic hyperglycemia?

Over time, hyperglycemia can damage your nerves, blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Damage to arteries may increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Nerve damage may also lead to other heart, stomach, and nerve problems. If diabetic hyperglycemia is not controlled, it can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS). These are serious conditions that can become life-threatening.

How do I manage diabetic hyperglycemia?

How do I prevent diabetic hyperglycemia?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my diabetes care team provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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