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Is blood sugar level of 550 mg/dl a cause for concern?

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Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016
Question: Blood sugar level is 550 ???
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Topiwala (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Emergency

Detailed Answer:
You should call 911 and go to the emergency room immediately. Such high blood glucoses are life threatening and require intensive care in ICU, particularly if 'ketones' are positive in the blood.
Ketones indicate the likelihood of DKA (Diabetic Keto Acidosis) or HHS (Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State) which are both complications of running high sugars.
These must treated right away in the hospital with Insulin and hydration while continuously monitoring vital lab tests like bicarbonate, potassium and creatinine
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Is blood sugar level of 550 mg/dl a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: Emergency Detailed Answer: You should call 911 and go to the emergency room immediately. Such high blood glucoses are life threatening and require intensive care in ICU, particularly if 'ketones' are positive in the blood. Ketones indicate the likelihood of DKA (Diabetic Keto Acidosis) or HHS (Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State) which are both complications of running high sugars. These must treated right away in the hospital with Insulin and hydration while continuously monitoring vital lab tests like bicarbonate, potassium and creatinine