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Cray Diabetes Education Center
Glucose (sugar) in your blood is used for energy for all parts of your body. When the amount of glucose is too high, you have a high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. If your blood is high in sugar it can be come thick and sticky, like other liquids that are high in sugar (syrup or honey), which moves slowly through your body. This can eventually cause long-term complications, like damage to eyes, kidneys, or nerves, if not treated.
Always check your BG as the symptoms of lows and highs can be similar.
- Watch your diet and take medicines regularly as prescribed
- Check your blood sugars more frequently
- Drink fluids without sugar
- If you have an unexplained high blood sugar over 250 mg/dL for two tests in a row, call your healthcare provider.
- If you are sick, follow the sick day rules. If you take insulin, you may need to check urine ketones.
- If you take insulin, take a correction dose as prescribed and check urine or blood ketones as prescribed. Call HCP if ketones are positive.