Hyperglycemia – blood glucose level too high

Signs and treatment

Recognizing and avoiding excess sugar


Hyperglycemia means for every person with diabetes a long-term menace of his health as high blood glucose levels over a longer period of time leads to damage of blood vessels and nerves. The risk is high if the blood sugar level before meal is frequently above 120 mg/dl or above 160 mg/dl 2 hours after meal.  A hyperglycemia develops slowly (hours).



  • Too high amounts of blood sugar elevating foods
  • Insulin dose too small
  • Less activity than usual
  • Febrile diseases
  • Some medication (e.g. cortisol)
  • Pregnancy
  • Gain in weight
  • Stress, anger

    Typical Symptoms:


    Permanently elevated blood glucose levels have to be taken for serious and to be treated accordingly in order to avoid late complications. If not treated hyperglycemia can be very dangerous: the lack of insulin in that situation leads to depletion of fatty acids into smaller particles – the ketones. These lead to hyperacidity of the organism (ketoacidosis). Ketones can be detected through their typical smell from acetone in the breath or in blood (early) or urine.  If not treated accordingly this could lead to a Diabetic Coma.

    Symptomes of an upcoming coma:

    • Nausea
    • Pain in the stomach and belly
    • Heavy breathing

    If the person vomits and is threatened with a coma he has to be hospitalized immediately.


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