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What means "new onset hyperglycemia"?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by limarodessa, May 30, 2012.

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  1. limarodessa

    limarodessa 2+ Year Member

    Mar 29, 2012
    Help me understand, please. What means "new onset hyperglycemia"? - I cannot find this definition in the textbooks.


    Also - what means "new onset diabetes"?
    Last edited: May 30, 2012
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  3. Valadi

    Valadi 5+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    "New onset" means it has not been seen before.

    "Hyperglycemia" is elevated glucose.
    "Diabetes" is an endocrine disorder characterized by lack of insulin production (type 1) or insulin resistance (type 2) and, therefore, hyperglycemia.

    Language barriers are a bitch. Maybe if I was trying to read a Chinese medical journal I'd have similar questions.
  4. Mass Effect

    Mass Effect 5+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2012
    It means the patient never had it before. If you're treating someone who has no medical problems and all of a sudden this person's glucose level is elevated, it would be called "new onset" hyperglycemia.

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