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New Onset Diabetes

You were seen in the emergency department (ED) today and found to have elevated blood sugar. This suggests you may have diabetes - a problem with your body regulating its sugar level in the blood. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage your organs and raise your risk of heart attacks and stroke.

To Do:

  • Check your glucose (blood sugar level) with the glucose meter (glucometer) at least five times daily and track your blood sugars in a journal.
  • Avoid sugary drinks (eg, juice, soda) or foods (eg, brownies, cookies) that can raise your blood sugar quickly.
  • You can find more resources for your diet and lifestyle here: CDC.gov/diabetes
  • Stay well-hydrated with water.
  • Make an appointment with your primary care doctor or an endocrinologist within two to three days to discuss your diabetic medication regimen.

Please speak to your doctor or return to the ED immediately if you develop chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, fevers (over 100.4º F), vomiting, vision changes, weakness in your arms or legs, other new or concerning symptoms, or if you get worse.

Review prescription inserts for side effects and call the ED if you have any questions about your medications or care.

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