10 Tips for Managing Diabetes on Sick Days

Whether it’s the common cold, a stomach virus, the flu, or something more serious, an illness can make managing blood sugars very difficult for anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


Sick Day Plan
Sick Day Plan
Every diabetic should develop a specific plan with his or her healthcare team for how to manage blood sugars when a sick day strikes. The body’s response to illness is complex and includes the release of a variety of hormones — some of which work counter to insulin or work to increase blood glucose levels. This natural stress response obviously has significant implications for people with diabetes, which can potentially lead to dangerously high blood sugars. Additionally, if the illness includes nausea and vomiting, it may be difficult to take diabetes medications. These 10 tips can help you be prepared for when illness strikes.

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