Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome is a medical emergency that you won't have time to prepare for.

If you've been feeling the symptoms of high blood sugar, such as extreme thirst and excessive urination, for a few days, check your blood sugar level and call your doctor for advice. If you feel the symptoms of extreme high blood sugar (more than 600 mg/dL, or 33.3 mmol/L), call 911 or your local emergency number. Don't try to drive yourself to the hospital.

If you're with someone who has diabetes and is acting confused, has one-sided weakness or has passed out, call for immediate medical help.

After you've received treatment and are feeling better, some questions you might want to ask your doctor include:

  • How can I better control my diabetes?
  • What range does my blood sugar need to be in?
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
  • What dietary changes do I need to follow?
  • Can I get help from a dietitian?
  • Does eating a meal with a lot of sugar bring on this syndrome?
  • Do I need to consume fluids more regularly?
  • Can diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome happen again?
Jun. 20, 2012

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