Importance of Preventing Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
If you have hyperglycemia, it’s very important to act quickly, since otherwise a very dangerous condition called ketoacidosis could occur. Ketoacidosis occurs due to a lack of insulin, as cells can’t use glucose and are forced to use body fat as fuel. If this happens, ketones appear which are the waste products of this process. If ketones are present, the body will try to expel them through urine, but unfortunately it won’t be able to expel all of them, which could make your blood ketone levels increase culminating in ketoacidosis. Given that ketones are toxic to the body, Ketoacidosis is a dangerous situation that you should avoid.
If you are sick, have a cold, fever or infection, this can raise your blood sugar levels, so, if you’re sick, check your blood sugar levels more often and if necessary, your urine ketones. Inform your doctor about any problems. He or she could give you some recommendations or modify your treatment temporarily.
Remember that if you control your Diabetes properly, check your blood sugar levels regularly and follow your doctor’s recommendations, you’ll be able to prevent hyperglycemia and, if it occurs, it can be a problem that is easy to solve. Counteracting hyperglycemia as soon as possible, will maintain your average blood glucose on normal levels, and your Hemoglobin A1c will show that you’ve managed your Diabetes well. This will tell your doctor that you’re doing what you need to avoid the dreaded complications associated with poorly controlled Diabetes and thus enjoy an excellent quality of life.