Main Article on High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) Question: Please describe your experience with hyperglycemia. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Ad, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 09 I was diagnosed as prediabetic with my A1C at 6.3. I was following a regular gym regime and got confused as to why this hyperglycemia was happening. I decided to completely change my lifestyle and started intermittent fasting and increased green salad to 50 percent of my diet. I gave up on all the dietary supplements which I was taking. Within a month my A1C dropped to 5.4. My doctor was baffled. I was very strict with carbs. He advised me not to completely cut on carbs or I will lose weight. Comment from: Achyut, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 12 I am an eighty year old type 2 diabetes patient. I have had diabetes since 30 years. I am taking 30/70 insulin 40 units before breakfast, and 20 units before dinner. My fasting blood glucose level varies from 50 mg/dl to 120 mg/dl, and my post meal blood glucose varies from 160 mg/dl to 270 mg/dl. The high blood glucose level or hyperglycemia gets reduced to fasting levels in about 12 hours. I do not have any diabetes complications till now. Comment from: Inher2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 09 In 2017 I was diagnosed with borderline diabetes and prescribed metformin. I have also battled discoid lupus for the past 36 years. Aside from a 10 course of prednisone once a year, I have stayed healthy by avoiding sun, red meat and processed food. Same thing with hyperglycemia, except now I take minimal carbs and exercise; 2mi/day 4 times per week. It’s now been almost 2 years and no medicines and foot neuropathy is almost gone. Doctors are not always our friends! Comment from: NSR, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 15 I have been on tablets for diabetes for the past 10 years. My blood sugar level post lunch has been between 150 and 200. Due to busy schedule, I had to consult another doctor for a periodical checkup. My sugar level was 156/150. The HBA1c reading was 8.1. The new doctor immediately changed the prescription to insulin 12 counts in the morning and 8 counts in the evening. Until I converted to insulin, I never ever felt any symptoms of a diabetic. All of a sudden, I started experiencing every feature of a diabetic, like excess urination, giddiness, hunger, thirst, and fungal formation in the private area. It has been three weeks now. Today, the shocking report is that, my sugar level has shot up above 284 mg/410. The tablets which were administered earlier were Glizid M and Galvus. Present medication is Insuman 12 and 8 points and Galvus 500 mg post lunch. Comment from: ContolledByInsulin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 26 I have had diabetes for 25 years. I have struggled with it for 25 years. I was put off by medical staff who chastised me for having poor control over my hyperglycemia. The approach towards people with diabetes needs to be addressed. Using terms like poor control and comparing sugar levels to a report card are in no way helpful! Diabetics have a hard enough time dealing with a no-day-off-disease without needing to gain an A plus from the professional! Informative information is one thing but diabetes is not a subject that you grade. We all want our sugar levels to be normal but psychologically it's very damaging to hear that you are putting in a poor performance! Comment from: Ralf Johnson, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 21 Some people, I include myself in this group, tend to confuse the terms hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia but it is clear that one (hyper) refers to high sugar levels and the other (hypo) refers to low sugar level. It is important to know that after eating the sugar level rises and it is the pancreas that generates insulin to regulate at normal levels of sugar, when this process is not generated or generated with deficiency we are facing a case of diabetes. Both hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic people should adjust their life rhythm and consider some treatments and programs to regulate their sugar. Comment from: anil nigam, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21 I experience the diabetic problem and in the initial days, I experienced thirst and later dry mouth, frequent urination, and itching skin. At first i felt I could control the situation in natural ways like increasing exercise and lifestyle changes. Recently I lost control and ate excessively due to the festive season and social functions. My blood sugar level went to alarming risk range of 275 fasting. Comment from: timeline, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 10 I am a 20 year old female; I was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at the age of 10. I have never been over the weight of 130 and I am 5'6". Today, I am experiencing extreme high blood pressure, weight loss (now 104) and tingling in my right baby toe. I have never took great care of my diabetes and I am paying the price. There is no reason or excuse to not take care of your illness so please, if you are diabetic take care of it :). It’s not the end of the world by any means and you can like a perfectly normal life with it. The feeling of being a healthy diabetic is amazing, however the feeling of being a unhealthy diabetic is miserable. QUESTION ______________ is another term for type 2 diabetes. See Answer Comment from: bela, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 10 My son has only just been diagnosed with it, but I would really like to ask how to prevent it and how to get rid of it. His last bad one was on Mothers Day this year and he throws up first and then slowly goes jelly like and doesn't know what is going on and he looks right through you when he is like that. His BSL dropped to 0.9 and nearly ended up in a coma. The doctors have no idea what it is or what to do about it. They are just putting needles in after needles. I can't stand it anymore I just want my son better. They have given me a GlucaGen shot to give him just in case, but have not even showed me how to use it. I’ve never used a needle ever. I wouldn't know how far to put it through is leg. Then they tell me I have to get it through the muscle or it won't work. (Ambulance man tried to go through it with me) when my son had another one on the school holidays this year. Comment from: Jenny Johnson, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 Sometimes to most of the time I get extremely thirsty after a meal and even when I drink water it takes awhile for the extreme thirst to go away. I tend to skip meals a lot during the day. I get busy. Then other times I'm consistent. I believe I am too inconsistent with my eating habits. On two separate occasions I have blacked out and/or passed out due to lack of eating and dehydration though I drank Gatorade when the incident happened. This usually happens when I am really stressed, exhausted, and haven’t had enough to eat. Is it really hyperglycemia or am I becoming diabetic? I don't exercise either. When I test my blood it is always either 70, 80, 95, but just today all the sudden I got extremely thirsty so I decided to test my blood on my meter and it said "140." So I tested it again a minute later to get a more accurate reading and it said "120". I'm so confused by this. I ate 3-4 hours earlier but I didn't eat breakfast, or lunch. Comment from: Lobo Civera, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 22 After eating a loaf sandwich, I started getting real nervous, I left work to see a doctor for medicine for my diabetes which I have not been taking for years. Halfway there I started feeling numb in the face and head. I had someone close by call 911 for me and fought against losing consciousness. It happened again at the emergency room. They told me I was only having an anxiety attack. This has never happened before and it took this scary moment of fear to make me take this seriously. Comment from: peewee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11 I was just told again that my blood sugar is high. I guess age and inactivity have finally caught up with me. My doctor has given me two month to try and bring it down, or it’s oral medications for me. Comment from: pm, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25 I have started on thyroid medicine and my sugars are out of control. I have never had sugars in the 200 or more and now the last 2 weeks they have been high. Comment from: pklute, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 15 With hyperglycemia, I experienced numbness in toes and feet. Comment from: meshelly1968, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 06 I am a 41-year-old female, overweight as well. I just recently had my blood sugar check in the morning before I ate anything. It was 159. After eating lunch, it was 194. I wonder if these sound like serious diabetic numbers, so I plan to see a doctor. Comment from: richandmary45, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 06 I have high blood sugar and I crave sweets, but I don’t really like them. I crave them. But I feel weak most of the time. I have also lost a lot of weight. I have lost about 70 pounds over the past nine months. Comment from: peterb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 17 My experience with hypoglycemia began when I realized I was always tired. One day, I had the shakes in my fingers. I went to see the doctor, who found that my blood sugar level was extremely low. Now, I walk 40 minutes a day and watch what I eat. I learned my lesson. Comment from: exodos, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 10 In 2007, my family asked our doctor to have a look at my husband’s blood sugar. The doctor ignored our request, and my husband died three days later. SLIDESHOW Type 2 Diabetes: Signs, Symptoms, Treatments See Slideshow Comment from: idnas, 45-54 (Patient) Published: October 07 Before I found out about hyperglycemia, I was experiencing a lot of dizziness and confusion. There were times when I didn’t know where I was and I was very disoriented and woozy. Comment from: lesley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07 I have recently had a fasting glucose testing a hospital environment and results are - pre test 6.3 post test 5.2 (2 hours after drinking the glucose) my GP recommended these be performed due to rising levels on fasting bloods - I have been experimenting at home and checking bloods three times per day and the bloods are always high whenever I haven’t eaten. However if I eat, they reduce to anything between 5.2 & 6.3!! (They can be up to 7.3 upon waking). Baffling or what? No other symptoms of hyperglycemia. This has occurred since I have been on a healthy eating plan and lost 18lbs in weight - I exercise 4 days per week by cycling up to 10 mile per session & aqua aerobics x 1 per week for 1 hour. I still have 28lb more to lose but these blood sugars are bewildering to me. Comment from: bedwetter, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03 After drinking alcohol 4 80z glasses of long island ice tea with ice, from partying. When I get home I drink 2 glasses of water, then I’m up all night urinating every 1 1/2 hours apart for 7-9 hours. Comment from: sweety, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 24 I was diagnosed less than a wk ago. My coworker was concerned about my excessive sweating. She called the doctor and I was seen. I was so shocked. I have had nearly all the symptoms, fatigue, dry mouth, yawning, urinary problems, feet hurting and feeling like pins are sticking in them and irritability. The doctor started me on Metformin and checking my glucose twice daily. I had lost 13lbs.This is all so new to me and I feel lost. I can't wait until my appt so I can adjust my diet. I’m trying to stay away from sugar and carbs. I’m not sure whether I have type I or II. I'll find out at my next doctor appt. Comment from: armand jordan, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 16 I have been diagnosed as a Diabetic type 2. I was on metformin, 1000 mg per day, doing okay, however, switched doctors an she said that it may damage my liver, so she switched me to glipizide, and immediately I began to gain weight, however my numbers were in the 100 range, but I was concerned about my weight gain, so she once again switched me to januvia. Since then, my numbers have risen to alarming rates, around 200 at times. I'm concerned, and would like to go back to the metformin if at all possible. Comment from: kathleen, 55-64 Female Published: January 27 I feel tired and have a loss of appetite with hyperglycemia.