How to Do Diabetes Care When You are Sick

Sonali Kapoor

, Health A2Z



Nowadays most of the people are suffering from diabetes so yeah we can say that, now diabetes is the part of life for those who have or had this. But yes we have to learn how to take care of yourself and your diabetes when you’re sick, when you’re at school or work, when you’re away from home, when an emergency happens, or when you’re thinking about having a baby or are pregnant. In this blog, we are sharing some ways to do diabetes care when you are sick, I hope these ways would help you to make yourself fit and fine.


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Diabetes Care When You are Sick



Having a cold, the flu or infection can raise blood glucose levels. Being sick puts stress on your body. Your body releases hormones to deal with the stress and to fight the sickness. Higher hormone levels can also cause high blood glucose levels. You should have a plan for managing diabetes when you’re sick. The first step is to consult with your doctor and write down.



  • How frequently check your blood glucose levels


  • You should check for ketones in your blood or urine


  • Whether you should change the usual dose of your diabetes medicines


  • What to eat and drink


  • When to call your doctor



Monitor Glucose


When you’re ill, check your blood glucose often. Have someone help you if you can’t do it. You may need to check ketones, too. Record the results in case you need to report them to your healthcare provider.


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Watch Your Food and Fluids


Try to follow your diabetes meal plan. Drink plenty of carbs -free fluids, especially water. These help to rid your body of the extra glucose and they prevent dehydration. If you can’t eat solid food you can drink some homemade soup, fresh soft fruits such as papaya, orange, apple smoothie, buttermilk, these food items contain less amount of sugar.


Make a Plan


The best way to manage your illness is to make a sick-day plan. Do this before you get sick. Work with your diabetes care team. Research about what type of diabetes medicine to take while sick and how much you will need. Ask how often you should check blood glucose and ketones. Consult with your doctor what sugar-free cold medicines that are safe for you to take.


Make sure to have some on hand in case you get sick. Write down the phone numbers of your diabetes care team so that you can reach them quickly if needed.


Do Diabetics Get Sick Easier?


People who are having diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses. You are no more likely to get sick if you have diabetes. Although, illness can make your diabetes more difficult to control.




As we have discussed in the above blog, How to Do Diabetes Care When You are Sick and its manageable ways. The easiest way to manage this is to self-care but if your condition gets worst then consult a doctor as earlier as you can.


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