High blood sugar is usually the culprit. Do not ignore it and do not allow your numbers to scale beyond healthy levels. Sustained high numbers will result in severe complications and can be a sign of a serious condition that needs immediate medical attention.

Here’s what you should do

Check your glucose levels very frequently and ensure you’re following the eating and exercise plan and taking your medication as directed. If you have an infection, follow your doctor’s advice and ensure that you keep your blood sugars under control.

Extremely high blood sugar – over 600 mg/dL – can lead to seizures, coma and even death. This condition is called Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome and is more common in older adults with type 2 and may be triggered by an illness or infection. Other symptoms include high fever, warm skin without perspiration, confusion, vision problems and even hallucinations.

This IS AN EMERGENCY. Reach out to your diabetologist immediately.