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How dangerous is a blood sugar level of 22?

How dangerous is a blood sugar level of 22?

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thatone1967

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4,193 posts

99 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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A work colleague was taken ill at work on Friday and taken off to hospital by his dad.
He is still in, apparently his heart rate was high, but he has also been diagnosed as type 2 diabetes, his blood sugar upon admission was apparently 22.

The mrs has type 2 also, but I have never seen her this high.

The chap at works speech got progressively worse over the preceding couple of days ( has does not have the best speech, so we did not notice initially) my thoughts when he was taken away was possibly a stroke (although we did the basic checks and all seemed fine)

How dangerous is 22?

K77 CTR

1,190 posts

90 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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22 as a one off is not dangerously high but if it remained high there is the risk of a diabetic coma (diabetic ketoacidosis) which I life threatening.

I suspect if your colleague didn't know they were diabetic then they have probably been running high for a while and that's why they were experiencing the symptoms you describe.

PintOfKittens

1,336 posts

98 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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K77 CTR said:
22 as a one off is not dangerously high but if it remained high there is the risk of a diabetic coma (diabetic ketoacidosis) which I life threatening.

I suspect if your colleague didn't know they were diabetic then they have probably been running high for a while and that's why they were experiencing the symptoms you describe.
Its dangerous but not life threatening - DKA takes quite a while to set in, when my brother had a random blood glucose of 22, I rushed him into A&E, 15mins later, he was on an insulin drip.

Long term high blood sugar can cause end organ damage, damage to eyes, lead to strokes / heart attacks...

thatone1967

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4,193 posts

99 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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curiouser and curiouser.... now in an isolation ward.. BP apparently was extremely high over night, but has now stabilised....

Heart rate was 185 when he was admitted.

dirty doug

318 posts

103 months

Tuesday 19th April 2011
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I'm type 1 diabetic & VERY occasionally my level is 20+. This would happen after being very naughty with the food/drink &/or very hard cardio exercise with extreme lactic acid.
Drops like a cartoon anvil after though!

When I was diagnosed my level was about 28 & I had probably been diabetic for about 6 months before trotting off to the doc's - dhead I know!

As a one off it's not life & death. Problem is he has probably been at that level for quite some time. That's when issues start - none of them are good.

Knowing what the issue is, is 50% of the solution.
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thatone1967

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4,193 posts

99 months

Tuesday 19th April 2011
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still no word on how he is... hope to know more later.

I think he was confusing the symptoms of high sugar with low sugar... I saw at least one bottle of glucose drink get consumed the morning he was ill... and I am sure that this was a contributing factor.

PintOfKittens

1,336 posts

98 months

Tuesday 19th April 2011
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thatone1967 said:
still no word on how he is... hope to know more later.

I think he was confusing the symptoms of high sugar with low sugar... I saw at least one bottle of glucose drink get consumed the morning he was ill... and I am sure that this was a contributing factor.
Hyperglycemia (High blood sugar)'s symptoms can include lethargy and feeling like you have no energy, in addition to monster thirst - he probably felt he needed sugar so drank the lucozade.