Good daily control of your diabetes can help you prevent diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome.

  • Know the symptoms of high blood sugar. Be alert for the warning symptoms of high blood sugar, as well as the situations that put you at risk of developing hyperosmolar syndrome, such as illness or infections.
  • Monitor your blood sugar level. Monitoring will help you stay in your target range and alert you to dangerous highs. Ask your doctor how often you should test your blood sugar. Monitor more often when you're sick.
  • When you're sick, drink plenty of liquids. Drink a glass of nonalcoholic, caffeine-free beverage hourly until you can ask your doctor for advice.
  • Follow your diabetes management plan. Eat nutritious meals, take medications as directed and exercise regularly.
  • Educate your loved ones, friends and co-workers. Teach people you spend time with to recognize early signs and symptoms of blood sugar extremes — and to summon emergency help if you pass out.
  • Wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace. If you're unconscious, the ID can provide valuable information to others, including emergency personnel.
  • Stay current on vaccinations. Get an annual flu shot and ask your doctor if you need the pneumococcal vaccine, which protects against some forms of pneumonia.
April 11, 2015

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