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Hyperglycemia commonly develops in sepsis; it is a part of the body’s inflammatory response as well as a common response to stress. However, hyperglycemia does not always develop with sepsis, and in some patients, it may develop even in mild disease. Therefore, it cannot be considered a reliable biomarker as it lacks both specificity and sensitivity. It may be used along with other indicators to identify sepsis.