Sick Day Management for People with Diabetes

Written by Matt Nilsen

When you live with diabetes—either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes—you need to know the basics of sick day management.  This article talks about what to do when you get sick:  how to take care of your diabetes and make sure you get better soon.

You should have a sick day plan that you work out with your doctor.  This should spell out details such as blood glucose testing guidelines, medications you can take, and insulin adjustments.  It’s also a good idea to include important phone numbers on this plan:  Having everything in one place will make it easier for you when you are (or your child with diabetes is) sick.

If you prepare now for sick days, you are much more likely to get through illnesses without any additional diabetes-related complications.

Sick Day Management Tips for People with Diabetes
While you may feel tired and listless, your body is working hard to fend off the germs or injury that is making you sick. Your body is also burning a lot of calories, and using other resources, as it works to fight the illness. You need to provide your body what it needs to beat back the illness.

Here are some sick day management tips:

Because of the potential for hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood glucose) and other complications during illness, sick days are opportunities to be more cautious about your diabetes. Allow your body time to relax and recover. Put your diabetes sick day plan together now so that you can devote time and energy to healing when you need it.

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