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Hyperglycemia and Vertigo

Posted on February 13, 2021 | No Comments on Hyperglycemia and Vertigo

Hyperglycemia is the clinical term to refer abnormally high blood glucose (blood sugar) level. A high blood sugar is generally over 100 mg/dl. Hyerglycemia would be 150 – 300 or more.

Hyperglycemia is telltale sign of diabetes. However for a diabetic patient, hyperglycemia can be considered deadly. Initially, a diabetic having hyperglycemia feels nothing different. However, if the condition persists for several hours, one feels dehydrated, may have difficulty breathing and feel dizziness. This dizziness is called vertigo, which comes in different forms such as a sense of faintness, disorientation, confusion, impatience, unsteadiness, loss of balance, vomiting and instability. One often feels a spinning sensation which can cause patent to falls or have an accident. One should get medical care immediately for this condition because it can potentially result to diabetic coma or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) which happens when body has insufficient insulin to process glucose into fuel, so the body breaks down fats to use for energy.

Moreover, diabetic patients can also experience the “Somogyi effect” or dawn phenomenon. This is the vertigo or dizziness that is usually experience by diabetic patients in the morning when blood sugar levels start to rise to the body with energy.

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