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Is My High Blood Sugar Risky?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 03:47 PM

Question: My doctor told me I have high blood sugar, but am not diabetic. I exercise every day and eat very few carbs and sweets. Is there anything else I can do to keep my blood sugar in check?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
The presence of high blood sugar is usually a sign of diabetes. But if you have a high blood sugar, and you are not diabetic, then something else is wrong. Of course, "high" is a relative term, and it is impossible to give direct advice when your glucose may actually be within normal limits, yet high relative to your prior values on the chart.
 
You should request a referral to see an endocrinologist who can determine if you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or are otherwise at risk of developing those conditions. If your glucose levels are high, be sure to find out why. High glucose can sometimes indicate dietary disorders, thyroid conditions, Syndrome X, adrenal problems, or even a medication side effect.
 
High blood sugars are associated with vascular disorders and premature atherosclerosis, and causes of elevations should always be properly evaluated.

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