What is the treatment for hyperglycemia in type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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In patients with known, poorly controlled type 1 DM, no absolute level of blood glucose elevation mandates admission to the hospital or administration of insulin in the emergency department (ED). In general, lowering the patient’s glucose level in the ED does not correct the underlying cause and has no long-term effect on the patient’s glucose levels. Therefore, a plan for lowering and monitoring the patient’s glucose levels is needed.


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