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Hyperglycemia

How dangerous is high blood sugar for people with diabetes?

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  • AWilliam Lee Dubois, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered
    High blood sugar is called hyperglycemia, or hyper for short. If you are a type 1 (T-1), anything above 300 for any length of time is dangerous. people with type 1 diabetes walk a mortality tightrope. Too high you die. Too low you die.

    In the past it was accepted that people with type 2 diabetes just don’t go into comas on the high end; but recently we’re finding that’s just not the case. You have to be higher longer, but you people with type 2 diabetes can check out on the high end too.

    High blood sugar kills. It damages every internal organ.
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