hy·​per·​gly·​ce·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio) \

Definition of hyperglycemia

: excess of sugar in the blood

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Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce hyperglycemic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Severe cases of hyperglycemia can lead to loss of consciousness, seizure or death. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Medtronic recalls certain MiniMed insulin pumps tied to 1 death," 12 Feb. 2020 Insulin keeps the body’s blood sugar level from getting too high (known as hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers and Wife Tiffany Open Up About Son’s Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis," 27 Nov. 2019 Have strategies in place for when blood sugar levels are off High blood sugar (aka hyperglycemia) happens when your blood sugar level is higher than your target or 180. Korin Miller, Health.com, "There Are 4 Ways to Manage Your Type 1 Diabetes Through Treatment—Here's How," 18 Nov. 2019 While some research has found that melatonin may help treat hyperglycemia in people with diabetes, for example, other studies have shown that, in diabetes patients who carry certain genetic traits, melatonin may interfere with glucose regulation. Markham Heid, Time, "Is Melatonin Safe to Take Every Night?," 1 Oct. 2019 That can lead some people to develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and eventually diabetes. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "11 Side Effects of Antipsychotics You Should Know About," 7 Dec. 2018 O’Connell believes this is the range where a person with diabetes can exercise without experiencing dangerous spikes or drops in blood sugar, called hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "New Haven's FitScript Partners With American Diabetes Association," 28 June 2018 Too much blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, damages the body. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 People with diabetes are most at risk for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, but blood sugar fluctuations can affect anyone. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperglycemia

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperglycemia

borrowed from French hyperglycémie, from hyper- hyper- + glycémie glycemia

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The first known use of hyperglycemia was in 1894

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“Hyperglycemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperglycemia. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British hyperglycaemia \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce hyperglycaemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperglycemia

: an excess of sugar in the blood

Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic or chiefly British hyperglycaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce hyperglycaemic (audio) \ adjective

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