Sickness and Insulin

By L.Harless Latest Reply 2014-12-31 09:48:13 -0600
Started 2014-12-29 09:37:16 -0600

Over the past few days I have had a severe cold with congestion.
My regular carb to insulin ratio seems way off and my BGL is running high.
Right now I should be at 125 tops but I am at 179.
Seems no matter what I do even with correction doses my BGL is running about 30-50 Higher than normal. Anybody else experience this during sickness?

5 replies

wraithmb 2014-12-31 09:48:13 -0600 Report

Completely normal… I've been fighting with mine as well. From my understanding, the stress of being sick alone can cause an elevated bg level. Mine has spiked as high as 28 mmol/L (around 500 mgdl). I use a sliding correction scale (extra Humalog insulin) to bring it down again, and I'm testing every 2 to 3 hrs.

Feel better soon :-)

RebDee 2014-12-29 15:49:01 -0600 Report

Are you taking anything for your cold and congestion? If so, especially cough medicine (even if it says it is for Diabetics) will make your BS go up.

L.Harless 2014-12-29 11:40:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for the replies. I just wanted to be sure it wasn't out of the ordinary. What is the usual cause? does the Liver dump extra Glycogen when we are sick?

GabbyPA 2014-12-29 10:52:31 -0600 Report

Being sick often does this to us. Drink lots of fluids and get some rest. You may want to adjust your carb intake a bit until you feel better. It's good you are keeping an eye on it, that is very important.

Type1Lou 2014-12-29 09:52:11 -0600 Report

This happens to me frequently when I'm fighting an infection. While you are sick, you usually need more insulin to keep your BG's in range, so adjusting your carb to insulin ratio might be the solution. Are you on multiple insulins: one long acting and one rapid? Speak with your doctor. He/she might have you temporarily increase your long-acting insulin dosage or temporarily adjust your carb to insulin ratio. Your doctor will be able to suggest which and by how much.

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