Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Grayson, Louisiana, USA:

I was recently in the hospital with a blood sugar level 1445 mg/dl [80.3 mmol/L]. How is it possible that I am still alive? What are the effects of it being that high?


A level of blood sugar that high is usually associated with someone who has type 2 diabetes and also has some degree of kidney impairment. If the kidney works, you should be able to dump enough of the sugar into the urine to keep it from going so high in the blood. It is only when you have the kidney not compensating for the high sugar that the sugar gets to be over 1000 mg/dl [55.6 mmol/L] in the blood. When the glucose gets that high, it acts to pull water out of cells. This can be especially bad on brain cells. It is known that some people with high sugars like you describe can have altered levels of mentation. They can have a range of presentations from a minor decrease in the level of alertness to frank coma. These episodes may also be brought on by intercurrent illness that pushes the blood sugars higher. The treatment is supportive with intravenous fluids, insulin, and supportive care. If there were an illness, such as an infection, this would also need to be treated at the same time.


Original posting 2 Nov 2006
Posted to Hyperglycemia and DKA


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:10
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.