How Can I Manage My Blood Sugar When I’m Ill?


How Can I Manage My Blood Sugar When I’m Ill?

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  1. When you are sick, your blood sugar levels may fluctuate and be unpredictable.

    During these times, it is a good idea to check your blood sugar levels more often than usual (for example, every two to four hours).

    It is also very important that you continue to take your diabetes medication.

    If you have a cold or flu and are considering using a cold remedy or cough syrup, ask your pharmacist to help you make a good choice.

    Many cold remedies and cough syrups contain sugar, so try to pick sugar-free products.

    When you are sick, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you:

    • Drink plenty of extra sugar-free fluids or water; try to avoid coffee, tea and colas, as they contain caffeine, which may cause you to lose more fluids;
    • Replace solid food with fluids that contain sugar if you can’t eat according to your usual meal plan;
    • Try to consume 15 grams of carbohydrate every hour if you are not able to follow your usual meal plan;
    • Call your doctor or go to an emergency room if you vomit and/or have had diarrhea two times or more in four hours; and,
    • If you are on insulin, be sure to continue taking it while you are sick. Check with your health-care team about guidelines for insulin adjustment or medication changes during an illness.
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