Symptoms Of High Sugar In Blood For Diabetics Critical Highs & What They Mean For You
|March 6, 2012||Posted by Admin under Diabetic Symptoms|
Symptoms of high sugar in blood
What are the symptoms of high sugar in blood & what does it mean for you the diabetic? Well let’s take a moment to discuss what it meant for Teri (our resident diabetic & her trusty sidekick “me A.K.A. The Supporter.)
Just last week we got to take a trip (all expenses paid by us of course) to the local emergency room. Teri had been neglecting and abusing her body with bad foods and indulging some of her old sweet tooth cravings when she started feeling very ill.
We had not been paying attention to the warning signs and well soon the uncomfortableness, the anxiety, the sickness in her stomach was getting to be too much for her to bear. Come to find out she was hitting what Doctors call a critical high or extremely high levels of blood glucose. She was rushed into the Emergency Room and treated (poorly by medical staff I may add, Doctors and Nurses had a zero-tolerance level for this and showed no compassion.)
Anyway after her many hour affair in the emergency room, intravenous fluid replacement, insulin injection and a few scoldings from the doctor and resident hospital staff she decided that it was time to make a change.
Not just a change in paying attention to the symptoms, a total change in the way that she & I both manage all aspects of her diabetes and our lives. Given her extenuating circumstances Teri & I, we had to establish a baseline for a starting point and this is as good or as bad a place as any to start from.
Take a look at the chart below (note I am not a spreadsheet wizard so this is the best we could do…)
You can see the glucose levels upon entering the hospital for our resident “diabetic” were peaking at and slightly above 600 mg/dL, (i.e. milligrams/deciliter.) When the sugar levels are this high many severe symptoms can occur inside the diabetic’s body…
Here are some of the symptoms of high sugar in blood for diabetics…
Long-term hyperglycemia (high sugar levels in blood) causes many of the long-term health problems associated with diabetes, including eye, kidney, heart disease and nerve damage. Other effects are ketoacidosis, coma, and even death gone untreated and/or unrecognized.
People usually live with a pattern of behavior and managing high blood sugar level, controlling your diabetes, eating healthy foods are an all day everyday activity that has to be engrained into everyday life. Uncovering and bringing these patters to the surface is the best place to start.
Knowing your habitual dependencies that are hindering a proper management of sugar levels in your blood are the most important areas that need to be addressed. As we have seen the symptoms of high sugar in blood are severe to fatal. All it takes is that one time when no one is around, where no diabetic bracelet can warn first-responders if you’re all alone.
Your normal level of blood glucose has exceeded it’s limits putting you in a critical high state as Teri was. This is when disaster strikes. You feel tired, maybe go to take a nap, slip right into a coma and then you never wake up.
It’s imperative that a normal level of glucose is maintained. It doesn’t take much to make a dramatic change, luckily for us this was again a time for rejoicing; after all the emotions had settled, the trauma, the stress related to the before and after the hospital visit subsided. We were abruptly reminded of how delicate life really is.
If you’re a diabetic, and you know it, take heed in our experiences, get prepared, do everything you can to take control of your diabetes disease and make certain every precaution has been made to not only manage and control your glucose levels, but every means of management is or has been made available to you. You cannot go through life with blinders on. This is twice in just over two years for Teri to be faced with life threatening symptoms from diabetes.
Make learning about your disease an integral part of daily your life. We don’t make these blog posts to scare you, however the realities sure scare the hell out of me (the supporter). Teri Lynn has been abusing and neglecting her body and her ever so delicate health condition. Walking through life and dealing with the symptoms of high glucose levels in the blood doesn’t have to be all a major pain in the fingertip. (Thinking of some other vocabulary
It’s not a laughing matter when it comes to how important health really is. Sometimes when scare tactics aren’t enough drastic measures have to be taken. We have met amputees who have lost toes, legs and other body parts.
She doesn’t want this to happen to her however it is quite the reality if change isn’t heeded. No matter how much she doesn’t want to fess up and step up it has to be done. As the supporter I can only encourage, nudge, and get emotional so much, the rest is up to the diabetic. I vowed to make the changes in my behaviors and my own sugar addictions to aid in the recovery from the symptoms of high sugar levels in the blood. I want her to have normal levels of blood glucose so she can feel her best.
Take the stand to stamp out diabetes. Be sure to get your diabetic bracelet and together lets band together for the cure!