Help Please

April K
By April K Latest Reply 2012-01-28 19:11:44 -0600
Started 2012-01-25 20:32:14 -0600

How do you keep your blood sugar levels from going out of the normal parameters when you are sick. I have this problem my numbers jump way high and everything I seem to try doesn't help. It is bad enough when you don't feel good but the worry of my blood sugar levels being high doesn't help and then there are occasionally times it drops super low below 50 which I know is not good either. Any advice would be helpful.

8 replies

MEGriff1950 2012-01-26 07:37:29 -0600 Report

April when I attended a diabetics education class it really helped me to gain control on my blood sugars. Knock wood, I take 2,500 mgs of vitamin C daily plus get my flu shot and have not really gotten a cold or the flu in over 2 years. After my hernia surgery last July I drank Glucerna shakes as a meal replacement once a day because I could not eat regularly. I really recommend the shakes when you are just too ill to eat. They are designed to help maintain glucose levels.
God bless,

J Kate
J Kate 2012-01-28 17:59:44 -0600 Report

They have protien bars that are great for that too. My son doesn't like the way the drinks taste, but likes some of the protien bar flavors.

pixsidust 2012-01-28 17:37:50 -0600 Report

I heard that they taste bad. What do you think? Have an opinion on the flavor offerings?

Young1s 2012-01-28 19:11:44 -0600 Report

I really like the strawberry and chocolate shakes but have only found vanilla and chocolate with the shake I use now. And yes, they should be shaken up before drinking them. I also recommend letting them sit in the fridge to get cold too.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-28 18:09:04 -0600 Report

As long as I shake the shakes well they are not too bad. You can get Glucerna Bars also but I really do not care for the taste of them. They are not a protein bar but the shakes are better formulated to be a meal replacement. You can type Glucerna into your search engine and read all about them.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-25 21:08:48 -0600 Report

You stilll have to eat and get plenty of liquids and take your meds as usual. It is very important. I don't know what type you are, or your meds, I am type 1 and have always done insulin. There are OTC cough medicines from the pharmacy for diabetics. You have to know which meds raise your bg. Ask your dr if he has a specific plan he wants you to follow when you are sick. The above is what my dr has told me to do.

Good luck

April K
April K 2012-01-25 21:26:38 -0600 Report

thanks that is helpful I am type 2 on pills and a small shot of insulin a day

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-25 21:34:17 -0600 Report

Sorry I don't know how the pills work. Drinking water will help keep you hydrated and help bring the sugar level down, but because you are taking insulin as well, if you take it and don't eat then your bg will drop. I know from experience that when sick, we don't feel like eating, or eat the wrong thing and this throws our meds off. It is a good idea to ask the dr what to do before you need it.

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