Certain conditions can increase the risk of hyperglycemia in a diabetic. If the hyperglycemia is persistent then the patient is at risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis.


Risk factors associated with hyperglycemia in a diabetic:

(1) failing to take insulin

(2) taking less than the required amount of insulin

(3) eating more than allowed based on dietary plan and insulin dosing

(4) developing a fever, infection or other stressful (acute phase) condition

(5) starting a drug associated with hyperglycemia (corticosteroids)


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