Diabetes Sick or Illness
Sick day Diabetes Tips
Any kind of illness among a diabetes individual can make their blood-glucose level to fluctuate. During illness, do not try to stop taking your diabetes pills or insulin even if you cannot eat as normal. Even your doctor may recommend you to take extra insulin when you are sick.
If you cannot able to eat your regular food, then discuss with your dietician for a better alternative that is easy for you to eat.
- Check your blood-glucose level every four hours and note down the reading.
- Keep taking your diabetes medicines, even if you cannot keep food down.
- Drink at least one cup of water or other calorie-free, caffeine-free liquid every hour while you are awake.
- If you cannot eat your usual food, try drinking juice or eating crackers, ice pop, or soup, because you still need calories. In addition, if you cannot eat enough, you increase your risk of low blood-glucose, also called hypoglycemia.
- In people with type 1 diabetes, when blood-glucose is high, the body produces ketones. Ketones can make you sick. Test your urine or blood for ketones if
- o your blood-glucose is above 240
- o you can’t keep food or liquids down.
Urgent symptoms - immediately call healthy care provider.
- your blood-glucose has been above 240 for longer than a day
- you have ketones
- you feel sleepier than usual
- you have trouble breathing
- you can’t think clearly
- you throw up more than once
- you’ve had diarrhea for more than six hours
Is a person with diabetes are more likely to get cold and other illnesses?
You are not having any extra chances to get cold when compared to people without diabetes. However, when you get cold or flu, it makes your blood glucose more difficult to control. That is why people with diabetes are advisable to take flu shots to prevent it.