. Producing 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of sugar from sugar cane requires 390 gallons of water; sugar beets require 243 gallons of water. To put this into perspective, one person's drinking water requirements for slightly more than two years would be fulfilled by the water required to make just 1 kilogram of sugar. .
Hyperglycemia is the medical term for high blood sugar levels. You can have temporary spikes in blood sugar after eating a large meal or as a result of medication side effects. Chronically elevated blood sugar levels are dangerous and common in those with diabetes. Without treatment, you run the risk of a diabetic coma. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) is the most common cause of diabetes (both type 1 and 2). Common symptoms of high blood sugar are increased thirst and the need to urinate often. Causes of high blood sugar include lack of or decreased insulin in the blood due to poor medication control, diet, other drugs, and exercise. Hyperglycemia needs to be treated right away before complications occur. .