Something I don’t hear or see discussed very often by diabetics is the symptoms and feeling of hyperglycaemia or high blood sugars. I think this is due to a combination of factors, most notably that they’re simply a lot more subtle and harder to identify than hypoglycaemia, and for some people they may feel easier to deal with because they don’t have as immediate an affect. As for me, I’m one of the few people who’s probably more scared of high blood sugars than low blood sugars because I know the complications and things that affect quality of life for diabetics (particularly vision and the nervous system) tend to be more related to hyperglycaemia over longer periods of time. So I try to spend more time and focus on hypers when looking at my blood sugar graphs than I do with hypos, and more time worrying about it overall. So it’s frustrating then, that highs are so much more difficult to be aware of and deal with quickly than lows. Fast acting insulin is a huge and valuable part of this, but knowing when you should or shouldn’t react to high blood sugar after eating a meal is particularly difficult, and it’s frankly a long, slow pain in the arse to deal with.
The top results on Google for hyperglycaemia symptoms all list thirst and urination, but in my experience this tends to be when you’ve had elevated blood sugar for at least an hour or two, or you’ve already drank a lot of liquids, and by this time some of the damage has already been done. …read more