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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.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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