High blood sugar is a little-known risk patients should be aware of. Patients who have had a heart attack or stroke and who have even slightly elevated blood sugar—as little as one point beyond the normal range—are more likely to die in intensive care.

Self-defense: Make sure doctors monitor a loved one's blood glucose level before and after surgery. Get diabetes under control before any surgery.

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