Hyperglycaemia is the medical word for high blood sugar/glucose levels. High glucose levels can affect people in lots of different ways, and they are called the symptoms of diabetes.
A good thing to do is try and establish a cause for your raised blood sugar levels. If, for example, you have been eating too many sugary or starchy foods – try to reduce them and see the effect on your blood sugar levels.
If you have been less active than normal – try and increase your activity levels again if possible.
If you can see no cause for your high blood sugars (hyperglycaemia) and it’s persistent, then it would be advisable to contact your health care professional to see if your treatment needs adjusting.
The aim of good control for your diabetes is to be free of the symptoms we have discussed and to reduce the risks of long term complications.
Therefore it is essential to know when to seek help with your high blood sugars.
When people are unwell, diabetes control can seem to go haywire. Stress hormones put blood sugars up, but feeling sick often means you eat less so it can be very hard to predict what will happen.
Please follow these “sick day rules” to keep your diabetes safe, when you are poorly.
If someone has any of the following they must seek advice from their health care professional.
This will be discussed in greater detail in the section called “Illness”.