Type 2 diabetes and how to control bs's when sick.

By funnygirl98 Latest Reply 2014-06-16 10:04:33 -0500
Started 2014-06-15 15:26:38 -0500

I'm type 2 hypoglycemic diabetic and I would like suggestions on how to regulate my bs's when I'm sick with the flu, cold, infections, etc. I know some things to do to keep my sugars on an even keel but any other suggestions would be great;-) Thank you for any help u can give to me;-)

15 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-16 08:45:00 -0500 Report

Watch out for OTC meds that have sugars in them like cough medicines and drops. Even bullion cubes have sugar in them, so if you want to watch out for that, I would stick to home made stocks for soups if you can.

Rest is your best friend to get well, and having a person such as a family member or close friend who can keep an eye on you to make sure you are not getting into a place where you can't take care of yourself is vital.

kmhhuck 2014-06-16 06:32:46 -0500 Report

One thing to help stave off colds or allergy issues is to use normal saline every night before you go to bed. The cold virus takes 24-36 hrs to implant itself firmly in the nasal linings. So a wash out with saline helps keep the infections down. I am a long time sufferer of sinus infections even before becoming diabetic. It is not perfect but it does help.

SeaBeagle 2014-06-15 22:17:13 -0500 Report

I would say prevention is the key to this. Wash hands. When u go grocery shopping take a towel and place it on the handle. Don't eat out during flu season and never eat off of a buffet Get ur flu vaccine. Take a vitamin that has zinc!! Or zinc!! Remember to drink plenty of fluid and get plenty of rest. Our lives are very full these days and increase stress kicks the immune system. So be food to yourself !!!

luxmi1952 2014-06-15 21:01:26 -0500 Report

I was also Type2 diabitic but for past 3 yrs I am without medication and my fasting b is inbetween 90 to 100. Alinng with my medication I was on herbal medicine which cured me completely.

Jeff82 2014-06-15 19:33:39 -0500 Report

Make sure you remember that you still have to eat. The last thing you want is to go from extreme high to extreme low levels. Get the ginger ale and chicken broth for flu-like symptoms, and water is always a safe resource. Just remember to always have ketone test strips at your house, and if you ever have any ketones call your doctor, ketoacidosis is a serious condition that could put you in the ER.

RebDee 2014-06-15 19:30:16 -0500 Report

If I am given an antibiotic, or if I get a cortisone shot in my knee, my blood sugar goes up, up, and away!! I just know it is temporary and when I post that amount, I keep a journal that says CORTISONE so my Endocrinologist knows to ignore it.

simonizer77 2014-06-15 17:58:03 -0500 Report

I have to follow suit here. Clear liquids and broth as you can tolerate. Stress inhibits healing, so just do what you can and that's fine. If it gets to be 3 days or more, you need to be more careful. At that point, I'd hope you'd be at the doctor ;)!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-15 17:24:43 -0500 Report

Check out the web site that Lynn posted. It has a lot of good information, and some great ideas. Keep a log like is suggested on the site and keep it handy. It will help you when you are sick to have it handy. Other than that drink lots of liquids and water. Take you medicine and check those BS levels. Any severe problems call your doctor. I checked out the web site Lynn listed and I am going to use the info also just in case I get sick and my husband has to help me my notes will be right there. Best Wishes and get better soon.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-15 17:19:59 -0500 Report

You have to still eat and test more often. Broths and water are best. Tea with honey and lemon are great. When I am sick, I don't worry too much about my Blood Sugar because once I am well, I get right back on track.

robertoj 2014-06-15 15:46:49 -0500 Report

Do not worry about your blood sugar - just rest and get better. Check your blood sugar more often, drink plenty of clear liquids such as soup broth and diet sodas and check with your physician if you feel too ill to take care of yourself, or your blood sugar is outside of the target range

Harlen 2014-06-15 15:42:23 -0500 Report

Test a lot and take in a lot of broth
You can add things to the broth as you start feeling better .
Hope you feel better soon

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