HOW DOES A COLD AFFECT BLOOD SUGARS

mo91108
By mo91108 Latest Reply 2011-01-20 16:20:35 -0600
Started 2010-11-07 14:47:19 -0600

I was just wondering because my blodd sugars have been normal but the second I got sick, they have been ridiculously out of control. woke up at 157 then ate lunch at 161 and I only ate protein for breakfast. Same as yesterday I was sick yesterday as well. It's horrible it's not the flu it's like a cold but it's horrible. Any advice ont his?


20 replies

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-20 07:56:48 -0600 Report

My plan of action when I feel a cold or just not up to par is start drinking a lot more water to stay hydrated…seems to help me.

crazy100
crazy100 2011-01-19 18:43:59 -0600 Report

Hi,
I don't have diabetes but my wife does (type 2) and she developed flu like symptoms i.e. severe headaches,cough,weakness etc.
Her blood sugar is running around 18.
Before she became ill, her blood sugar levels were around 6-8.
I wonder, if the flu could be the cause of her elevated sugars.
Thank you

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-01-19 23:03:33 -0600 Report

I am guessing you are not referring to her "blood sugar", but to her Hemoglobin 1c. ("Hb A1c" or "A1c" for short) a measure of average blood sugars over 3 month A blood sugar" blood sugar of 6.8 or even 18 may very well put her into dibetic coma for hypo glycemia.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-01-20 14:48:18 -0600 Report

The US is one of the only contries that measures blood sugar in mg/dl, most others use mmol/l. To convert mg/dl to mmol/l you divide by 18, to convert to mmol/l to mg/dl you multiply by 18.

Be aware that a lot of countries have, or will start soon, give the A1c in International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory units. It means a switch from % to mmol/mol, for example an A1c of 7.0 is 53 in the new unit. All of Europe except the UK uses it now and the UK is switching on June 1st this year. Just if it wasn't complicated enough to keep up with things worldwide!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-20 14:31:02 -0600 Report

There are two ways to measure levels. In the US we use the dml and that number is a larger number. I am not sure what the other method is called but it is used in Canada and Europe a lot and the numbers are as Crazy100 is listing them. KD will know this...

crazy100
crazy100 2011-01-20 07:18:39 -0600 Report

Yes, i mean her blood sugar.
For her, a reading of 6 or 8 is considered normal.
She can function quite well at that level.
She is in her late 50's, slightly overweight.
She has had diabetes since she was a teenager.
This morning she said that light bothered her in terms of her headache.
Thank you

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-20 14:29:36 -0600 Report

Yes, a cold or flu does tend to elevate the levels of blood sugar. That is a huge increase for her and she may want to talk to her doctor about it. One way to help combat some of that is to make sure she is drinking a LOT of fluids. That helps reduce the levels some. Getting a lot of rest and staying on her regular schedule of eating, medicating and testing will help too. I wish her all the best.

crazy100
crazy100 2011-01-20 14:52:37 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby;
Thank you for your reply.
We have returned from her doctor and as it turns out, she has Bronchitis and will be starting on insulin injections tomorrow.
Thanks Gabby.
Best regards
Lewis

sloane
sloane 2010-11-09 08:44:38 -0600 Report

Any time your body is under stress, your blood sugars generally go up. This has always been a heads up for me with my children, because if I saw blood sugars rise for no apparent reason, it usually meant a cold or flu was coming on and I could catch it early. Generally your doctor will give you some sick day rules which you can follow to keep blood sugars in control during these times.

sNerTs1
sNerTs1 2010-11-08 00:15:01 -0600 Report

Hi Monica ~ Im so sorry that you are sick!! augh. What helps me is keeping myself hydrated. I used to hate water but have found a love for it and now drink it whenever I find an imbalance with my sugars. It seems to help me. I do know also that you need to eat properly including your snacks and what not.

I found an off brand sugar free robitussin that helps me like the original stuff did and that did not seem to spike my sugars when taking it while helping me get rid of the crud.

I hope this helps and you find something that works best for YOU.

You are in my prayers ~ Cheryl

peace13
peace13 2010-11-07 22:36:52 -0600 Report

that happens to me every time i get sick its pretty much how i know im coming down with something is when my blood sugar is all over the place

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-11-07 19:10:14 -0600 Report

It's that time of year! Unfortunately, any kind of illness or infection will prompt your body to give you more energy to keep you going while your body is fighting off the bug. It is nature's way of helping you out and making sure you don't faint or collapse as you are working on getting better.

Drink lots of water, coconut water or green tea. Stay away from medicines that are filled with sugar such as cough drops or liquid medicines. I find alkaseltzer cold meds help me the most with the least sugar spikes.

As much as possible, try to keep your schedule on target. Try to eat at the times you usually do and make sure you are getting rest. I don't know what your living situation is, but make sure that someone is checking in on you from time to time, specially if you are prone to lows at night. Have them give you a call or stop by to make sure you are doing okay. Some good old fashioned Chicken soup works every time. Just skip the noodles in it and you will do great.

I hope you are feeling better soon!

mo91108
mo91108 2010-11-08 16:01:45 -0600 Report

I have found ketones in my urine for the past couple days. It isn't significant sizes, but I am drinking a lot of water and they are not going away.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-11-09 07:18:20 -0600 Report

You may want to call the doctor and see what is recommended. That is not a great sign, and while infection is going on, it might be temporary, but better to ask and be sure.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-11-07 18:56:40 -0600 Report

Hello
For me it can gi iether way depending on the cold
I think out side temp may afect it to ????
How your feelling better soon
best wishes
Harlen

CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-11-07 15:38:45 -0600 Report

Hi Monica, Sorry you are under the weather. Yes, having a cold or virus will mess up your blood glucose readings. I'm T2, so I'm not the best to be giving advice to you. I know for T2, they stress in class how important it is to keep eating on schedule when you are sick, at least the carbs portion of your diet. Hopefully a T1 person will be online soon with some advice for you. Hope you get to feeling yourself soon! Karen