Being sick puts more stress on your body. An illness like a cold, flu, infection, or fever could cause your blood sugar to go up. As a result, it is important to have a plan for managing your diabetes when you are sick.

More about sick day guidelines

For people with diabetes, it is important to be prepared and know what to do when you are sick. First of all, make sure to check your blood sugar every 4 to 6 hours, including at night. Here is more advice for when you are sick:

  • Make sure you get enough rest.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • Do your best to keep your symptoms in control. This might mean taking medicine for a high temperature.
  • If you have an infection, then it is a good idea to treat that first. For example, you might need to take antibiotics in some situations.
  • Try to eat as you would normally eat. If eating is a problem, then try light snacks like tomato soup or low fat yogurt.
  • See your doctor if you experience vomiting, diarrhea, pain in stomach area, cannot hold down any food or drink for more than 6 hours, or if you cannot control your blood sugar levels.
  • If you are on insulin, do not stop taking your insulin during your sickness.

Following these guidelines will help you manage your diabetes while you are sick.

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