Symptoms of Severe Hyperglycemia
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This last group of symptoms indicate severe hyperglycemia, and probable ketoacidosis.

  • Labored breathing
  • Profound weakness
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweet, fruity breath
  • Unconscious

These symptoms often happen with high blood sugar and may mean you have diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be a potentially life-threatening condition.

An isolated high blood glucose reading, in the absence of other symptoms is not cause for alarm. DKA can progress much more quickly for students who use insulin pumps, or those who have an illness or infection. Most at risk when symptoms of DKA are mistaken for flu and high blood glucose is untreated.




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