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Hyperglycemia means high blood sugar or glucose. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose into your cells to give them energy. Hyperglycemia happens when your body doesn't make enough insulin or can't use it the right way.
People with diabetes can get hyperglycemia from not eating the right foods or not taking medicines correctly. Other problems that can raise blood sugar include infections, certain medicines, hormone imbalances, or severe illnesses.
- High Blood Glucose: What It Means and How To Treat It (Joslin Diabetes Center)
- Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose) (American Diabetes Association) Available in Spanish
- Hyperglycemia in Diabetes (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- High Blood Sugar (in Type 1 Diabetes) (JDRF)
- Managing Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar) in the Hospital: a Patient's Guide (Hormone Health Network) - PDF
- Diabetic Hyperosmolar Syndrome (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS) (American Diabetes Association) Available in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Hyperglycemia (National Institutes of Health)
- Patient Access to Research (American Diabetes Association)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Directory of Diabetes Organizations (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF