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Why did my sugar level increase? So I have diabetes?

My husband has never been diagnosed with diabeties. However, after 10 hours of non eating he passed out. The nurse at work took his sugar level and it was 562. Could it have been due to him not eating or something else. His doctor can t see him until next week. I don t want him doing anything he shouldn t if he does have diabeties.
Asked On : Fri, 28 Sep 2012
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Diabetologist 's  Response
Aug 2012
Dear Kimmie,

Sorry to hear this. Just wondering which country you are from? I mean any such case where sugars are so high and patient being symptomatic (1 episode of passing out) is considered emergency in any country. You should not wait for him to start on treatment on anti-hyperglycemic treatment for 1 more week. Take him to the Emergency Room of the hospital where his doctor would be seeing him. Make sure he's started on treatment by medics for such a high sugars right away.
Yes, this could be new onset diabetes which went unrecognized till the sugars jumped this high. In case he is on any steroid medications for any other condition then that gives him such high sugars just temporarily and we do not call it diabetes.
Irrespective of the diagnosis, please keep it in mind that initial treatment with insulin or any other antidiabetes medication has to be started right away.
Take care.
Answered: Mon, 1 Oct 2012
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