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A number of you have mentioned that your blood sugar runs higher when you are ill or under stress.
Illness or stress can trigger high blood sugars because hormones produced to combat illness or stress can also cause your blood sugar to rise.
People who do not have diabetes can make enough extra insulin to keep their blood sugar in a normal range during times of stress and illness. People with diabetes may need to take extra diabetes medication to keep their blood sugar near normal during times of illness or stress. If you haven't been given special instructions on how to manage your diabetes medications during illness, please contact your healthcare provider for advice.
Sometimes you may need to be a detective. Here are some possible causes of high blood sugars:
In rare incidences, stress can cause blood sugars to drop low.
Make sure you know the symptoms of high blood sugar.
When to contact your healthcare provider:
Call the emergency department if you experience any of the later signs and symptoms of high blood sugar.
Please share your experiences. Thanks.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Thank you for for the information Nancy.
Thank you for all you do to help me keep my Diabetes under control.
I always follow your suggestions and so far they are working.
Please don't give up on those of us who need your recommendations.
I am diabetic since 14 years,i found that many times i got hypoglycemic attacks with stress,any explnation?
I was 85 when miss kitty just 5 yrs old was sick walking like a drunk put her in hospital and vet said ok well same my husband wasv24/7 sick and blind my girl took her took her to another vet open her mouth and said can your mom take crake care of her 2 shots a day she said no called me and palled me to put her down and I said yes never dreaming she would go 1st I cried as she was so loving
I have not duscussed hiw to take care of my type 2 diabetes if I get sick. I tend to have a lower blood glucose reading when I am stressed...what measures di I take if I am sick and cannot eat to keep my glucose level where I want it?
I wonder why it is seen as a good idea to publish an article originally written two years ago. Particularly when the article provides superficial information without giving sufficient detail to be useful.
Is there no new thinking available? Maybe have a knowledgeable person take one of these listed topics and give more detailed information about why it occurs. Thirst, for example. Helping diabetics understand why these symptoms occur and why they are problematic might be very useful.
Many of us who turn to the Mayo Clinic are looking for in-depth, research-based information that will help us to deal with our physical conditions.
Articles like this one could easily be annotated to provide links to more detailed information.
I no longer have a health care provider. I'm am agoraphobic and she dumped me, cut off my medswhen I was immobile with fear to get to a test. . Made my way to her office thru the help of a friend and was cancelled in front of me--wrong supplemental insurance. As I went into full melt down,panic, left and have not been out since. I wrote her a letter and "do no harm" did not have the decency or caring to contact me. White coat corporate insurance charlatan.
Had breast cancer quadrant lumpectomy 5 days ago. My sugar was 209 this morning and my blood pressure is high. Is this normal?
My blood glucose readings have been in a range of 99 to 110 for the last 4 years. I recently had a parathroidectomy. My blood glucose was take right after surgery and it was 180. The next day it was 110. Is the reading of 180 a sign I have diabetes?
The other day I went to er for chest pain. Everything came back normal accept my blood sugar was 58 at 12 pm after eating a bacon egg and cheese biscuit that morning, a small bowl if red rice and drinking a sweet tea. That worries me. I don't understand it
I recently had a fasting blood sugar count of 135 which is only slightly elevated. The doctor decided to start me on
Metformin. I walk two to three times a week for a couple
Of miles to try to regulate it. I'm thinking their is an
Underlying cause for this and have been to three doctors
recently. My background history is I lost my mother a
couple of years ago to cancer. I have had 4 episodes of
renal cancer 2 of those metastasis. I lost my son in May
to cancer so my stress is in overload. I also have a 92
year old dad that I help out with. Long story short could
this stress cause the rise in my blood sugar? and
also the medication is making me feel worse. Just need
I starting using the V~Go insulin patch this past week my blood sugar readings has been way over 250 to close to 350, I have no idea what is causing it to be so high. Nothing has changed other then some pain that I'be been having, but don't know why.
I am curious about something. I have type 2 diabetes and had this happen two weeks ago. My daughter-in-law treated me to a pedicure. I didn't want to hurt her feelings but my legs and feet burn and hurt all the time like I have wool knee-socks on. It was very painful, the hot water, the foot and leg message with salts. After she finished I got so ill like my sugar had dropped. Everyone said I looked white and I thought I was going to pass out. Can pain cause this reaction? I have never had this happen.
Thank you so much for this article. I've been so worried. My blood sugar has been in tight control, but worry over recent eye surgery & stress over changing from my pharmacy of 18 years to mail order, with total rudeness, plus my husband's cancer and other family health matters, I have seen my blood glucose creep up to near 200. Of course I know I'm blessed, but I've worked at this, losing 75 pounds on a healthy diet & suddenly, my tightly controlled blood glucose is no longer. I thought I had failed. Now I can simply slow down my anxiety, wait for the tidal wave to pass, and realize that my healthy diet, exercise, and diabetes medication will begin to level things out again. Whew! For those of us who don't break the rules, these episodes are scary. I so appreciate the reassurance!!! :o)
I have diabetes 2 and have had many ups and downs.
Recently I have been diagnosed with pneumonia and am
On my second dose of antibiotics.
This evening my blood glucose was 403 and I have
Not felt right.
It's gone down a little after I took insulin.
I'm not sure what to do.
I've seen my doctor recently.
MY HUSBAND JUST HAD A READING OF 365. HE HAS BEEN TAKING MEDICATION ORALLY. HE IS NEW TO THIS, BUT IT HAS BEEN IN MY FAMILY AS WELL. HE DOES NOT GET MUCH EXERCISE BECAUSE HE HAS A BAR IN HIS BACK AND IS ALREADY EXPERIENCING NEUROPATHY OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. HE SLEEPS ALL OF THE TIME AND SWEATS LIKE CRAZY. HE KEEPS THE HOUSE FREEZING AND IF HE GOES ANYWHERE, HE SWEATS SO BAD THAT PEOPLE LOOK AT HIM LIKE HE IS ON DRUGS. HE IS VERY STUBBORN ON THIS ISSUE AND I AM VERY WORRIED. HE IS TAKING THE DRUG MELOXICAM AND HE THINKS THAT IT IS CAUSING THE PROBLEM. HE CAN BLACKOUT WITHOUT PASSING OUT AND FALLS ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING. i CANNOT LEAVE HIM ALONE WITH OUR GRANDCHILDREN FOR FEAR OF HIM FALLING ASLEEP. HE HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF OF WORK FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND HAS ALSO BEEN TAKEN OFF OF DRIVING.....COULD MELOXICAM BE CAUSING HIM TO WANT TO SLEEP SO MUCH. HE ALSO HAS MEMORY LOSS, THE POOR VISION ETC. I AM SO WORRIED ABOUT HIM. HE DOES NOT REALIZE HOW SERIOUS THIS IS.
last three days blood sugar in am over 250. I have falen out of bed (2) once cut head open had staples got bleeding ulcer and now have been told may have cancer of vulva. Have written my dr. for advise. have been eating low carbs. right now have stress, pain etc. have sciatica leg pain among everything else and am amputee. I am 69yr old woman who tries to remain active and supporting my community.
MAY 4TH 2014
My husband is in the hospital not from his diabetes but from an infection that he got when he stumbled getting on the bus. It made his whole leg turn red!
However when he got there his sugars were p
After reading this it all makes sense now the night before he had a fever all night, he threw up the next morning. His breathing was so rapid that i thought he was going to have a heart attack
Thank you for this information, im on my way to get my husband now and i Will be going over this info with him
I Googled my sons symptoms and high blood sugar came up as a cause. This saved my child's life. The doctors caught it in time . But if this information was not available I would of never known to take him in so soon. I thought he had a stomach virus. Thank you for taking the time and caring enough to educate others.
Thanks for the info. Right on target.
Hi I am 29 and have type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and had my thyroid removed bc of Graves' disease, and just had cervical cancer removed. This week I have been feeling really awful, not eating much, fast heart rate, heaviness on my chest, and nausea. Even though i am not eating, I can't seem to get my blood sugar below 300-400. I'm so frustrated. What do you think is causing this to happen
my friend just took her readings of 349 and it has me worried. how can i help her? A couple of weeks ago, she was hospitalized with a reading of 23, now it is 349. her er dr said to stop her.
My sister has type 2 diabetes and has for over 20 years. She vomits everyday. She has been to several doctors and they really don't seem to do anything for her. she lost a child years ago, and they fell the mental is causing the physical and they want her to get counseling. Well that is fine and good, but in the mean time what can be done for her about the vomiting? I know the muscles that move the food out of the intestines aren't contracting hard enough to move the food out and when she tries to eat there is no place for the new food to go, but to vomit. She probably has neuropathy. She also has a high SED rate and a large stomach. Her blood pressure goes up, her pulse is high, her blood sugar goes up and down like a yoyo. She needs help . What do you suggest? We are all at a loss! She also us59 years old. Is there any hope?
Justine: Work with your diabetes team. Your son's pump settings may need to be adjusted. You can also call the insulin pump number on back of pump and have them trouble shoot other possible causes.
Lisa: You should bring the post meal high blood glucose to the attention of your health care provider and be tested for diabetes. Your friends blood glucoses were slightly high as well for post meal.
Hi, my son, 8 years old, is Type 1 diabetic and he is on insulin pump therapy. The last few days (4-5 days) we are struggling to get his sugar down. It stays mostly between 17 en 24. We would maybe get it down to 9, and with the next test it would be 17 again, without him even eating anything. We checked that his pump is working, put new insulin in, etc. but still struggling. He is in good health and an active kid. What can maybe cause this?
In recent weeks I have noticed blurred vision. At work I was asked to attend a workshop on diabetes to become an unlicensed diabetic care giver. During training you have to take your own blood sugar. Me and three others went to lunch before and ate pretty much the same thing and quantity. When we took our blood sugar theirs was in the 225 range. Mine was 425. Should I be concerned or see my doctor for a blood glucose test? I am 57. I do not take any prescribed medications. Not overweight. I have noticed tingling in my hands.
Martha: Yes, any stress can increase your blood sugars. Stress includes illness, surgery, injuries, pregnancy, etc. If your blood glucoses continue to be high talk it over with your health care provider.
Sandra: Early morning high blood glucoses may be due to what is often called "dawn phenomena". In the early morning hours our bodies produce wake up hormones that will raise blood glucose. Your morning ones are pretty high. You might want to discuss this with your health care provider.
Yolande: Thanks so much!
nancy i live in goa india was in he u.s for 30
years. have type 1 am 66 years old. have had it for 2 years. your articles are great.
hi. i have been reading your news letters on diabetics for a while now.when i first started i was treading around the 12 -16 range. now I'm a constant 6-6.5. i reduced my blood glucose levels in a very short space of time with out any help from my endocrinologist. i find yours and most articles of advice from many sources, do not much more than bombard the non medical diabetic with to much science. lucky for me i discovered a very simple way to control my diabetic condition. my personal success has prompted me to write my book"body worship" which tells how i did it. ITS EASY!
My numbers are always high in the A.M. Sometimes I have a snack before bed sometimes not but usually my number will be 195-214 in the A.M. During the day I'm O.K. being active and exercise. What do you suggest?
Will a knee injury raise your daily sugars? I fell walking and for the last week my sugars were 100-130 and now they are 176-200 in the am. I take metformin and glimiperide. I strained 2 ligaments and have water on the knee. I worry about these numbers and what it is going to do to my A1C. Thank you Martha
When I was diagnosed with diabetes Type 2 my AC! was 11.7, With metformin, changed diet and exercise within three months my AC! went down to 7.3. However, I could not tolerate the metfomin and just tried to manage with lifestyle changes. metformin made me extremely, depressed and anxious. I am not overweight. My AC! went up to 7.7 but is now coming down. I would prefer to stay off all medication for the time being and just increase exercise and decrease carbs. Do you think this is a practical and safe solution? My sugar in the morning is 137 and in the evening between 90 and 110.
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I am a Type 2 diabetic on insulin injections twice daily. I have read that Benadryl and similar medications can cause elevated blood sugar. I am allergic to opiates but due to recent injury, needed to take pain medication. Can only take it if I take Benadryl first due to my allergy. Blood sugar went over 320 so I stopped taking these meds 24 hours ago. How long before blood sugar should return to normal levels?
I have type 1 diabetes, I can't keep food down so I don't know what to eat that will keep my sugar down. My doctor thinks my problem is liver and pancreatice problems, I am going to see a specialist but for now I need to know what I can eat without throwing up and keep my food down.
I have recently been diagnoised as having what is called auto immune blistering disease.
Pempphigns Foliaceus. I received a call from my doctor to tell me that the blood tests came back clear except for 2 things. 1, Elevated glucouse levels and protine in my urine sample. Can you tell me why this is. And do you know where I might find more information on this auto immune disease called Pemphigins Foliaceus. I need some help.
Hi my mum has type 2.She has just started on insulin,every time she takes it her sugars go up why is this
Have a patient ,31, on Life Support at home ,
Dx Uti and on Bactrim DS x5 days. His weekly blood sugars x 10 yrs never higher than 85-95. Not on any oral hypoglycemics, blood sugars 120-130's past week . How soon after completion of Bactrim should blood sugars return to normal?
hi i have had blur vision dizzyness off blance light headedniss always hungry so is it is possible my blood pressure is high
Florence: Diabetes is a progressive disease. Discuss with your healthcare provider the next step to managing your blood sugar.
I have type 2 dibetes and have had it for 16 years. My blood sugar readings have always been well controlled. But lately the morning readings are high and yesterday I even had a hypo in the afternoon. Nothing has changed except that I had some negative stresses. I am on almost the maximum dose of medication. My last A1C was 6.9 three months ago. Not sure what to do.x
adv. siddiqui: So sorry, we do not understand your question. It would be best to ask a pharmacist or your provider.
Anselmo: The a1c test IS used to diagnose diabetes, at least here in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association: There are three different tests your doctor can use to determine whether you have prediabetes or diabetes:
•The A1C test
•The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG)
•or the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
If the sugar patient can take the tablet prandial M0.2 in two times in place of glimister1 mg tablet then how much time is requride to control sugar level
An A1C test, also known as a glycated hebmologin test, isn't used for diagnosing prediabetes or diabetes. Instead, it gauges how well you're managing your diabetes.Unlike a fasting blood glucose test or a daily finger stick, both of which measure your blood sugar level at a given time, the A1C test reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Test results show what percentage of your hebmologin — a protein found in red blood cells — is sugar coated (glycated).
I have PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks (that can last as long as 40 minutes). I know stress causes high blood sugar. What can I do? I have 3-5 episodes per day. Doctors I talk to don't understand the hormones released during these attacks and just treat the high sugar. Is there more that can be done?
Arlayne, Wow fibromyalgia and type 1 diabetes!I would see your provider about setting up a rapid insulin correction scale to cover your blood glucoses the days that the fibromalgia pain elevates the blood glucoses.
T2 and quit Metformin. Some people are not able to tolerate the gastro intestinal side effects of Metformin and need to quit taking it. Please talk with your provider about other diabetes mediations that do not have the GI side effects. Take care.
What a kind, helpful & intelligent comment from Jennae to Holly. Holly, Jennae is giving you exactly the right advice. Reach out! You're not alone -- and we never have to be alone with all the help that is available to us Type 2's. It's a very very tough disease to accept and to deal with. But you can do it. I, too, suffer from clinical depression and Type 2. My blood sugars were over 500! For the longest time! But now, with medication, lots of effort, and my great medidal team behind me, I average 124. That's a life-changing number, believe me....and I want that for you, too. Call today -- ask for a nurse practitioner or a diabetic educator. You'll never regret reaching out. Good luck -- you're in my prayers, Holly.
I'm a T2 and quit taking metformin due to constant diarrhea, bloating and cramps. Am I alone??
Holly, you need to seek real help, not post and hope. Sticking your head in the sand is not an unusual response to newly diagnosed diabetes, but it sure is an unhealthy one. Make the call today to get psychological support and to see a nurse specialist that can take time to guide and check in on you. Most of us Type 2's dug our own hole with overeating,true, but the wonderful thing is, we can use our diabetes as a most wonderful motivator to change our lives. Your depression is too heavy to handle alone. I hear you and hope you have a primary care doctor to call for a referral. If not, please do call your local 211 assistance line or see your pastor if possible. Without a change, you are simply committing a very slow and unpleasant suicide. Please don't. Please take a positive action today for yourself.
Did your Dr. inform you that stress and pain can also play apart why your blood sugars my be high? You mention you have Fibromyalgia that may be causing the pike in your blood sugars. Keep watch of your diet,excerise if you can. Hormones can also increase blood sugars .
Be patient. The first year is the hardest . Watch what you eat and measure your carb intakes.
Rice,breads,potatoes will pike up your blood sugars. Excerise helps lower blood sugars.
If you are able to do some walking daily and you will see results .
I am a newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic and I'm still trying to get my A1C 10.9 down. I also have fibromyalgia and it is very dibilitating when I have a flareup, which started about 2 weeks ago. My sugar levels have been fluctuating between 140-300, which is higher than my doctor wants it to be. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can counteract higher levels during a flareup?
I have Cramp Fasciculation Syndrome and since the symptoms have developed my blood sugar has risen. I have type 2 diabetes which was previously in excellent control. Now that has changed from my illness.
CGM and stable state. It appears to me that this new feature does a good job of monitoring your levels as look as your in a tightly controlled range. But if I see 140 on my read out I may be 270 and if I go low it also seems to loss range moving away from what my actual B/S is. As a long time type One the information I need is mainly when I am out of range. Maybe the Engineers forgot that. I am using the new CGM more to show direction shifts and increasing my basal/or bolus if I see a move up above 130. Don't get me wrong this is a great improvement from urine testing. Any thought?
I have had type 1 diabetes for 43 years and avg 7.8 A1c..feel I am moderately controlled under the circumstances blood sugars usually between 70-200. I am on an insulin pump and recently have had some unusually high blood sugars 3 of the last 4 evenings even though I have not done anything...eating..exercise, stress out of the normal. I normally take about 43 units a day but on these evenings I have had to take an extra 30 units to get me out of these high readings and it seems like it takes forever-5 to 8 hours. they start out at 375 and when I take a bolus they go up 50-75 and then another bolus and go up slightly higher to 500 or maintain their high levels in the high 400s for 5 -8 hours. I have switched pump sites, changed insulin bottles and even injected insulin twice in my leg with a syringe but it still takes 5-8 hours before they come down below 200. Any thoughts on what might be occuring or tests I should consider taking to determine what is causing this?
Appreciate any insight you might have into this puzzling and unusual occurrence for me.
Counter-regulatory hormones in the body react to stress and raise the blood glucose.
I have been a type II Diabetic for two years. Just lately my reading have been running higher and higher. Mornings could be 148 and 156 but I was having at leastt lower readings during the day, like 120 or so. Now I took my sugar tonight and it's 199. Yes I have had quite a few health issues since it's started. Two knee replacements, a revision of one, an artery nicked during the replacemnt. Now on my second hand operation of carpol tunnel. I never really without pain, so how can my sugars go down. Just thinking about it going up, I think makes it go up.
I take my readings 5 to 7 times daily. Some weeks my readings at morning fasting are 95 to 115. Other weeks they are at 120 to 130. I am prediabetic and take metformin. Why the big difference? I don't eat anything differently and exercise everyday. Jog 1 to 3 miles daily.
thanks for your help sugars are running in the 300-350 A1c is 7.6 there is a great deal of stress have lost 6lb in 4 weeks
Thanks for the info Nancy, I had a back injury on monday and after running 60-110s for the past year with my A1c going to 5.1, I am now running 250 and above...going to MD today !!
525 sugar this AM. Wondered what the cause of such a spike could be and how dangerous . It is down to 200 now.
Yes, pain can raise the blood glucose.
i am having severe pain from a torn rotor cuff and will most likely have to have surgery and now for the past week my sugar has been holding between 160 and 275. is stress causing this priblem?p5MLRq
Thank you so much for the info I been diabetic for over 12 years and recently got a head cold.Well to make long story short my blood sugars have sometimes been over 400 since I got the head cold.I know now that it must be this cold that is causing my high blood sugars.Cause I always take my meds and insulin.
I have type two diabeties and a lot of stress. The stress is multiplied by my birth daughter who just told my boyfriend's family that he is a druggy and used to have sex with underage girls. These are all lies but the damage is done and now I just want to crawl in a hole and die. I have prayed and asked for help but so far nothing and the pain of everything is too much for me. I just took my shot an hour ago and my blood sugar is still 261. HO GOD HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
I have been diagnosed with type2 diabetes and depression. I am having a hard time with the fact I am insulin dependant and not taking my injections when I should. My blood sugars in the am have all been over 300 sometimes spiking to 420 or so, should I contact my physician or ER when this occurs for more than a week?
I am a 65 y/o woman with Type 2 diabetes. I have been very ill for the last month with an infection that affected my sinuses, throat and lungs. Being unusually ill, I saw a lung specialist who informed me, after examination, that I am as sick as I am because I also have intermittent asthma. I am on antibiotics and Spiriva (5th day) and my question is this: My sugars are in the 180-250 range, in spite of the fact that I am only consuming about 24-36 gm. of good carbohydrates, per meal. I take 2000 mg. Metformin, 100 mg Januvia, 20 mg. Glipizide and 2500 mg. Welchol, per day (in addition to other drugs and supplements). Should I be concerned about the levels of glucose? Or, should I just keep monitoring my numbers, 2-3X per day? What's normal, considering I'm so sick? Thank you!
just read all the blogs. wanted to pass this on.. when i went into a coma, my blood sugar was so high they could not get a reading. i now suffer from short term and long term memory issues. i am told this is because my blood had so much sugar that it couldnt take enough oxygen to my brain. so, its important to watch yourself. as well.. i ended up in the hospital once in a non diabetic issue, my blood sugar, which should be around 7.0, was tested at 0.5, they had no idea how i was still walking around. high and low levels need to be taken seriously, and those of you who have a doctor, dont be shy to ask questions, you need information.
i am a diabetic, and have no family doctor. i had gone into renal failure 2 years ago. my blood sugar has been out of control for over a month, and our emergency dept at hospital doesnt take non emergency. my blood has been very high, and after taking double the amt of insulin i usually take.. i have been over 18.0 for almost a month.. and was scared. nobody to help.. no doctors. i found this web site, and went thru each reason for high blood sugar, and decided the non absorbtion was a possible. i injected at a different spot, usually my stomach, but now my leg. my sugar went down to 11.3 within 2 hours. having information like you provided gave me an option to help myself. thank yu.
My daughter is 12 and has been experiencing increasing blood sugar levels over this past year now averaging 14 to 18. This past month she has had readings as high as 24 and 27. She recently had a reading of 32 but has never had any symptoms at all including no ketones in urine. She also has a growth hormone deficiency and a small cyst on her pituitary gland. Ultimately her local pediatrician has just prescribed lantis to try to reduce her morning fast blood sugar reading and keep it maintained through teh day. Other than that, medical professionals are stumped as to why sheis exhibiting no symptoms with such high levels. We are looking for any specialists to talk to that might have some other ideas outside the "diabetes" box that might be able to determine why this is happening. Can you direct us?
Suraj, Your blood glucoses indicate you have diabetes. I have seen individual's with high blood glucoses that did not have the classic symptoms of hyperglycemia (increased thrist, increased urination, and fatique). Continue to follow up with your health care provider. Nancy
hi, last week I had been for general check up and my Random Blood Sugar reading was 294 mg/dl, so my Doc told me to get checked for Blood Sugar... yesterday I took test.. and the result is :
Fasting BS : 344 mg/dl and
2hrs After meal : 444 mg/dl
But I dont have any symptoms of Blood Sugar... i.e
1. I dont frequently urinate
2. Dont often feel thirsty
3. MY skin is usually moist
4. Dont feel drowsy
5. My wounds heal normally
6. Blood Clots good
7. No frequent headaches
8. Since past 1 yr or so I have not fell ill
9. I am not infected since 5-6 months
10. I am normally an active man
Please advise am I diabetic or do I have any other disease?
P.S: Due to some project deadlines I am going tru stress & sleeplessness..... I am a direct oral tobacco addict but non alcoholic...
I got the scare of my life this past week. Didn't know the symptoms of high blood sugar -had never been diagnosed with diabetes.While out of state visiting my ill dad, I all of a sudden couldn't get enough to drink. I would drink anything I could get my hands on but I mostly craved water. I'd drink a liter bottle in 10 -15 seconds tops without taking a breath. I thought it was the dry heat of Arizona and that I may have been dehydrated. It wasn't until 8 days later when I returned home and noticed that I was having a problem with dry mouth (that I wasn't producing any saliva). My mouth was so dry it started to hurt. I noticed occassional muscle cramps in my legs and feet.Eventually, my finger tips became numb.Didn't realize that my vision was gradually decreasing at the same time until I attempted to drive home from work one evening and couldn't read the license plate in front of me.All of these symptoms topped with stumbling dizziness (10 days of being back home), I finally realized it was more than lingering dehydration.I shared my symptoms with my provider, and she had me come in. I was told my urine sample reeked of sugar and that my AC1 level was 470!Off to ER I went. I'm a woman of regularly high stress levels. I've always known this and somehow managed it all.I guess being told that my dad has a 50/50 chance of living past 6 months due to congestive heart failure, pushed my stress level to the breaking point thus my critical blood sugar level.Beware of stress/trauma
I HAVE BEEN SUFFERRING LATE OF LOW AND HIGH BLOOD SUGAR AND IT LIKE A ROLLER COASTER,ALSO MY BLOOD PRESSURE BEEN REALLY LOW,I HAVE BEEN TO ENDOCRINOLOGY AND SHE SAID I AM BORDERLINE DIABETIC NOT A DIABETIC,I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY MY SUGAR GOES UP AND THEN DROPS DRASTICALLY TO 50 OR 40,IN A PERIOD OF ONE HOUR. IT DRAINES EVERY SINGLE ENERGY OUT OF MY BODY,I FEEL LATHARGIC,DRAINED AND MY BP ALSO DOES THE SAME IT DROPS IT DOES NOT GO UP
My son's routine yearly blood test showed fasting blood sugar of 311. His triglicerides (sp?) were 1040. He has never had abnormal labs before. He is 45 years old. His doctor put him on metformin two days ago. His morning blood sugar the sedond day after starting meds was 216 but he didn't feel like eating and skipped breakfast and lunch. By dinner, with no food for the day (and no metformin) his blood sugar was 365. How could that be? Could something other than diabetes be causing elevated blood sugar?
So they can take you to the hospital if need be? It is more risky to not begin insulin, with numbers consistently like 350+ is high! What are the risks of taking insulin, is that what you are trying to ask? Like can you overdose, or go into a coma from too much insulin, you are more likely to go into a dibetic coma from not using insulin to regulate your blood sugars? (I believe) You may be afraid at beginning your first insulin treatment...but nothing compares to the risks of not beginning treatment for high A1c readings!
if you have readings of BG over 300 what does that mean? that you should learn how to administer insulin to yourself, once provided by your insurance and approvals, so what is the risk of living alone and beginning to learn how to control your body? Is it more highly recommended that you have someone by your side for a few days?
Thank you for your blog. I've learned more in 30 seconds about the relationship between diabetes, illness, and stress than I have from medical providers. Part of the problem may be you don't know what to ask and some medical providers don't think to inform you of all the implications of this disease. I think that is particularly true if the person with the disease is in a nursing home. That is the case with my mother.
I am 64 and of late I wake up sometimes when deeply sleeping with painful CRAMPS in feet /legs. I then need to stand up and walk a bit to stop it. Now I am getting some also while swimming. I have been taking medication for a thyroid condition for years--had surgery 30 years ago. Should I check for diabetes?
Amber, there is a blood test that will determine if you have type 1 diabetes (C-peptide). I would continue to monitor your blood glucose a couple times a week and if you see you have elevated blood glucoses or if you have symptoms of diabetes (increased thirst, increased urination, fatique, blurred vision); follow up with your health care provider.
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant about a year and a half ago. Last week I went to the doctor and my BG reading was over 300. I was immediately admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, but the doctor said I may be in the "Honeymoon" stage.
This week, I went back to the doctor and he said that my A1C levels came out just fine and all of my tests show I am fine. So, he says that now I do not have Diabetes.
I find this weird to have been diagnosed twice, but for them to revoke diagnosis, telling me that they have no explanation for my blood sugars spiking every now and then.
What do you suggest I do? I still have my BG meters so I can check my levels, and I have an insulin pen on hand if need be. Thanks!
Cindy, A normal fasting blood glucose reading for the nondiabetic is 70-100 mg-dl or 3.8-5.5 mmol/L. Post meal a blood glucose should be below 200 mg/dl or 11.1 mmol/L.
what numbers are normal for blood sugar. Mine were 106. I don't know what that means.
I have a 13 yr.old son with diabetes he also has problems with adhd. and bipolar.Sometimes its really hard to get him to take care of his self because of his mood swings.Any suggestions that could help.
I made a mistake in my last post. The doctor said there was no such thing as "borderline" diabetes instead of "pre-diabetes".
I'm a 63 yr old female. Two and a half yrs ago, my doctor said I had diabetes. Not "pre-diabetes" since he said there was no such thing. My fasting blood sugar was 121 and I had no other symptoms as laid out on this website. I had just lost my mother a month prior and my father 4 months prior to my regular meds checkup. I have HBP and hypothyroidism, controlled by meds for several years. I also have elevated cholesterol which I take meds for on a daily basis. Since the diabetes diagnosis, I have regularly had bloodwork and check it myself regularly. The fasting blood sugar rarely gets above 100, and even the doctor has never treated me with meds and has been pleased with how low my blood sugar has been since diagnosed.
Is it possible that I don't actually have diabetes and is it also possible that the loss of my parents could have been a factor in my blood count at the time I was diagnosed? I cannot get regular health insurance because of this, am not eligible for medicare and am forced to pay for high risk insurance which costs half of my monthly income. Is there a way to reverse the doctors diagnosis? Thank you so much!
I have been dianosed with Highblood diabetes, but they way it happened was so fast I had to asked myself is he sure. but any way I was put on Metrphorman, i want to know if you should all ways go to the bathroom with funny bowel and what can I do to remember to take my meds.
A few weeks ago I hit a lady with my car. It was completely my fault but luckily I was travelling slowly..under 5 mph. The lady was bruised quite badly but she was ok and didn't need to go to hospital. I have heard today that she is in a diabetic coma. Could this possibly be my fault? Could the coma be as a result of the injury? I feel so awful about this and can't bear to think I've done this to her.
I was just told by my doctor that my blood sugar was 305 the last two test. My doctor is at the local VA. She did not seem to concerned. My lipids are 365 and colesterol is high. I take meds for high blood pressure and colesterol. Should I be more concered?
Linda, when my dad went into a diabetic coma, his sugars were over 700, but still, I would be concerned about your mom's numbers and be contacting either her doctor or taking her to the emergency room.
how high does blood sugar have to get before you go into a coma? My mother's is over 500 today.
Debbie, yes a cortisone injection will generally increase the blood glucose in individuals with diabetes, but the affect on the blood glucose is different from person to person. Often, I will see the major impact of the cortisone injection on the blood glucose the first 72 hours and then it wanes down, but in some cases it's affects will hang on for several weeks. The blood glucose may even shoot up 100-200 mg/dl or 5.5-11.1 mmol/L above what you generally run. On the other side, a cortisone injection may not affect the blood glucose much at all. Nancy
I want to know if a cortisone injection into a knee or knee joint increases blood sugar.?.
I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes 12 years ago. I have been on the pump for 3 years. I have found that when I am stressed, my sugar bottoms out. My blood pressure also drops. Has there been any research on this? I also suffer from migraines with stroke like symptoms. Are migraines common for diabetics?
Debbie, no ifs, ands, or buts, this co-worker needs to be seen by a healthcare provider immediately.
I would like to know what you do for a person who has a high blood sugar level, but who is not on medication. This person has a history of diabetes in her family, her doctor says she usually has low blood sugar. This is one of my employees and we sent her home because she was complaining she didn't feel good and her eyes hurt and she felt like she was going to pass out. We got her home and her sister tested her blood sugar and she had a count of over 400. So, other then making the person go to the doctor, is there something to do for her.
I am a type II diabetic and I also have lupus. Because of renal vasculitius the only anti-inflamatory I can take is Prednisone. None of my health care team have a clue on how to manage my insuin so I am reactive instead of proactive and just flying blind. I can handle sick days, but the Glucose levels on prednisone are unpredictable.
If I have diabetes type 2, what can I take when I have a cold? When ill my sugars run a bit high, 140's.
Cinnamon is an interesting topic. Whether it works or not, opinions vary on this topic. Check out Dr. Maria-Collazo's comments on cinnamon in the "Diabetes Center" mayoclinic.com Is any one using cinnamon to help their blood glucose? What do you think?
Any suggestions for dealing with stress? I find that having been diagnosed less than a year ago that I fear going back to the old patterns of no exercise and poor eating choices. ONe thing that seems to be really helpful is to be absolutely certain I do not go longer than 4-5 hours without eating. Any other suggestions or ideas? Thanks, Julie B
Is there any current information on the use of cinnamon to help control diabetes.
Hi, just a couple responses to the blog comments. Yes, it is not uncommon for the blood glucose levels to run a little higher before your menstrual period starts. Also, fasting blood sugars between 101-125mg/dl (5.5-7.0 mmol/L) is prediabetes and needs to be monitored. I would recommend testing the blood sugar fasting once a week.
In reference to Susan's comment. I too have been diagnosed with type 2 and I would like to know the medication she thinks brought on her diabetes. I had a drug interaction and was diagnosed with type 2 after recovery. If it is the same drug or drug family, I would like to know to research my own situation. Thanks.
I have cancer in the liver. Lymphodema in the right arm from 10 lymph nodes and right breast removed cancer. I am on a hormone therapy pill for cancer and diuritic high blood pressure medication. Dr. gave me another high blood pressure pill and it took me down to low and I fell horrible for 1 day and 1/2. the diuritic I am on is one of medications listed to not take this other medication. What is a person to do. My blood pressure is now coming back up. I have uti often and I am also taking a potassium prescribed pill. I have just been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. and the diabetic medication makes me feel like I am going to pass out. I have problems with medications. She was going to give me a medication with sulphur and the druggist called and said he was going to check with the doctor first. I like to died when I was five years old given sulphur and I have it listed as a drug I can't take.what to do.
My Dr. just told me that my sugar level was 126 at one of my last blood tests, and at my last appt. my level was 111. She seemed a little concerned. Should I be concerned? I'm going through a lot of stress right now and am treating a uti also with antibiotics. Should I be watching closely?
I have noticed that my blood sugars run higher when I am menstruating; it's noted in this article that hormones can have an affect on your blood sugars, and for me, that is definitely the case!
I was diagnosed with diabetes on Jan 16. I never would have known had I not been over at my friend's house and she and her husband were coding their glucometers. Mike took blood from my finger and it read 325! I was always hypoglycemic with my blood suger around 59. My mother was daignosed with Alzheimer's in August and she hallucinates (she sees people). My doctor seems to think my diabetes was brought on by the added stress and from a pill I was on for 2 years that had a side effect of possible diabetes
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