What is the high count before going to the emergency room: 200, 300 ect?

Patty Bonsignore


At what point does a high blood glucose level become an emergency situation that needs to be treated right away? First of all, it depends on what type of diabetes you have. If you have type 1 diabetes and are sick with the flu and have ketones in your urine, even at blood glucose levels of 250, you can have an emergency situation developing. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, it’s a little harder to decide what constitutes an emergency. Many people with type 2 can walk around chronically with high blood glucose levels in the 200s and 300s with no symptoms. In general, if you have type 2 diabetes and are running over 300, it’s a good idea to let your physician know. Also, if your meter says “HI,” you will definitely want to call in as well, because a “HI” reading indicates the blood glucose level is over 600.

March 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

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Anonymous 2012-04-27 14:55:59 -0500 Report

nannie April 27 2:49 pm
Hi Last week my blood sugar was at 350 when I went t bed I took my medicine and went on to seep. I woke a few hour later and got up for what I don't kinow. I walked a little ways and fell tried to get upfell again ran into closet door knocked me for a loop and then fell over bath tub. ThoughtI brke my ribs went to the hosp stayed 2 weeks 1 week in rehab. I was in and out of consious for several days was doing real off the wall things. What could have happened blood sugar was around 250ll day don't know what I ate to make it go up. When I went to rehab I was so weak it took me about a week to get
back able to walk.

Cheesie 2012-04-23 00:21:32 -0500 Report

I'm a tpe 2 diabetic. I try hard to keep my sugar low, but I've forgotten to take my pills in the morning, and don't realize it until I see a high sugar. I generally have no symptoms at 300 (haven't seen it much higher), but notice it when it gets too low. Then, if I check it, it's usually at 70 or below. It was once down to 42. I couldn't see clearly, and had to be very careful how I walked to keep from falling. Bought two candy bars—didn't care what kind—and choked them down as fast as possible. Sat quietly for about 15 minutes, and saw the numbers climb before I tried to drive. Haven't ever repeated that one! cheesiet32@yahoo.com small