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Diabetic Hyperosmolar Syndrome

Diabetic Hyperosmolar Syndrome

Diabetic Hyperosmolar syndrome (DHS) is a serious condition that develops when your blood sugar reaches a very high level making your blood thick and syrupy. This condition usually affects people with type 2 diabetes and may develop in people who haven't yet been diagnosed with diabetes. The excess sugar passes from the blood into the urine, triggering a filtering process that draws a large amount of fluid from your body.

DHS may be triggered by:

• Certain medications such as diuretics
• Infections such as pneumonia, UTI or dental infection
• Illness
• Not adhering to your diabetes treatment plan

There are certain factors that can raise one's risk of developing Diabetic Hyperosmolar Syndrome such as:

• Being middle aged or older
• Having type 2 diabetes
• Having another chronic health condition
• Having an infection
• Taking certain medications

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Follow your meal plan
• Take your medication as directed
• Exercise regularly
• Know the symptoms of high blood sugar
• Stay up to date on your vaccinations

This condition is a medical emergency. If you develop symptoms of DHS please contact your doctor immediately!