High Blood Sugar

ExitCare ImageHigh blood sugar (hyperglycemia) means that the level of sugar in your blood is higher than it should be. Signs of high blood sugar include:

  • Feeling thirsty.

  • Frequent peeing (urinating).

  • Feeling tired or sleepy.

  • Dry mouth.

  • Vision changes.

  • Feeling weak.

  • Feeling hungry but losing weight.

  • Numbness and tingling in your hands or feet.

  • Headache.

When you ignore these signs, your blood sugar may keep going up. These problems may get worse, and other problems may begin.


  • Check your blood sugars as told by your doctor. Write down the numbers with the date and time.

  • Take the right amount of insulin or diabetes pills at the right time. Write down the dose with date and time.

  • Refill your insulin or diabetes pills before running out.

  • Watch what you eat. Follow your meal plan.

  • Drink liquids without sugar, such as water. Check with your doctor if you have kidney or heart disease.

  • Follow your doctor's orders for exercise. Exercise at the same time of day.

  • Keep your doctor's appointments.


  • You have trouble thinking or are confused.

  • You have fast breathing with fruity smelling breath.

  • You pass out (faint).

  • You have 2 to 3 days of high blood sugars and you do not know why.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You are feeling sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throwing up (vomiting).

  • You have sudden vision changes.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.