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High Blood Sugars

Severe high blood sugars and ketoacidosis are serious and potentially life-threatening medical problems which can occur in diabetes. Learn tips that will help you detect, prevent, and treat them.

Preventing High Blood Sugars

How To Prevent Highs

For better blood sugars and fewer lows, test often and review your readings once a week for patterns of lows or highs, or both. Identify these problems, then consider their causes and how to correct them. Make one change at a time and correct lows first. If you need any advice at all about how to correct a problem, be sure to call your physician or nurse educator right away. Do not let control problems linger as they usually turn into larger problems.

High Blood Sugars (Ketoacidosis)

Ketoacidosis And Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Syndrome

Severe high blood sugars, ketosis (the presence of ketones prior to acidification of the blood), and ketoacidosis (DKA) are serious and potentially life-threatening medical problems which can occur in diabetes. High blood sugars become life-threatening in Type 1 or long-term Type 2 diabetes only when that person does not receive enough insulin from injections or an insulin pump. This can be caused by skipping insulin or not receiving enough insulin when large amounts are required due to an infection or other major stress.

Diabetes Control

Learn to control your diabetes with flexible insulin therapy (FIT). Why flexible insulin therapy? Think for a second and the answer is clear---that's what everyone else's pancreas is doing. Insulin is given in varying amounts depending on the need at that moment.

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