Hyperglycemia is when your blood glucose is above your target range. It can be caused by skipping (or not enough) medications, infection or illness, high stress levels and eating too much carbohydrates.
If left untreated, high blood sugars can cause complications over time.
Hyper = Above
Gly (or Glyco) = Relating to or producing sugar
Emia = A substance in the blood
Signs & Symptoms
What to do?
- Drink plenty of sugar-free, caffeine-free fluids to avoid dehydration. Water is best.
- Move. If you are not taking insulin, get up and move. A 20 minute walk can lower blood sugar levels significantly.
- Look for a pattern. Do most of your high blood sugars happen after a certain meal or specific time of day?
- Try to determine the cause. If unable, reach out to your Endocrinologist or CDCES to discuss.
What to avoid?
- Consuming drinks with carbohydrate or caffeine such as regular soda, fruit juice or coffee/tea.
- Do not change/adjust your diabetes medications without discussing with your Endocrinologist or CDCES.