July 6, 2007, Newsletter Issue #110: Symptoms of Hyperglycemia

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It is important for the person with diabetes to be able to recognize the signs of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugars.

Consistently high blood sugars can increase the risk for complications including vascular and heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness.

Symptoms can include:

1) Increased thirst (polydipsia)
2) Increased urination (polyuria)
3) Tiredness/drowsiness
4) Headache
5) Blurred vision
6) Dry mouth and/or skin
7) Itching (urticaria)
8) Hunger (polyphagia)

Long-term elevated blood sugars can cause:
1) Infections: yeast, thrush, urinary
tract infection, skin infection
2) Weight loss

It is normal for there to be a blood sugar spike after eating carbohydrates, however, if these symptoms occur frequently or persist, you should contact your health care provider for evaluation and treatment.

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