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Sick Days for Diabetics

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Eating too little food could make us hypoglycemic. Stress on the body could make the sugars to spike up. Here are some tips that are recommended for a diabetic to keep up with when sick:

1. take blood sugar levels every four hours once
2. try to keep sugar levels under 200mg/dl. at any given time
3. If sugar levels consistently go higher than 240mg/dl. for more than one day, take yourself to the doctor
4. eat small portions of food in order to keep up with blood sugars

5. drink at least a cup of water (8oz.) every hour in order to keep the body hydrated
6. type 1 diabetics might have to take smaller doses of insulin more often than regular times
7. take all the medications at regular timings - never skip a dose
8. make sure over-the-counter medications, such as antihisthamines, are sugarless
9. be aware of over-the-counter medications that can raise blood sugar levels
10. call your doctor immediately if :
a. blood sugars are higher than 240mg/dl.
b. vomiting or diarrhea persists more than one day
c. if a low grade fever persists or increases more than 100 degrees
d. inability to speak, move arms and legs, vision changes occur
e. type 1 diabetics check for ketones in urine with strip test
11. monitor and record blood glucose levels at least four to six times a day

Diet tips for diabetics who are sick:
1. drink a cup of water every hour
2. if high blood sugars, drink diet sodas, plain broths, water, tomato juices
3. if low blood sugars, drink small amounts of regular sodas, orange juice, apple juice, gatorade, water while monitoring blood glucose levels so you won't spike
4. eat small amounts of bagels, bread, cooked cereal, mashed potatoes, noodles, rice, crackers, jello-gelatin etc.

Most important thing to do when a diabetic gets sick is to get plenty of rest along with proper food, fluids, glucose monitoring, and doctor visits. For me, another key element in getting myself out of the bed is to keep myself away from stressful thoughts and keep my mind in peace because 'OUR LIFE MATTERS'.


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