In a healthy body, food is converted to blood sugar, which provides energy to cells. To move blood sugar from the bloodstream into the cells, the body requires the hormone insulin. However, individuals with diabetes cannot properly use insulin, putting them at risk for excessively high levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. When this happens, hyperglycemia results.
Hyperglycemia can become a life-threatening condition without immediate treatment, so it’s important that diabetes sufferers pay attention to its warning signs. Many hyperglycemic individuals become intensely thirsty when their blood sugar levels rise. They might also urinate more often than usual. If these symptoms present, blood sugar levels should be assessed. Should they be higher than usual, seeking medical assistance may be necessary to return blood sugar levels to normal as quickly and safely as possible.
Memorial Hospital of Tampa can help you manage your diabetes. We offer both a diabetes prevention program and diabetes support group for Tampa residents. To find out how to sign up for these monthly events, call (813) 873-6400.