When a person with diabetes falls sick, the blood glucose levels may vary widely. Your body needs sugar that it can use for energy to help fight the illness. Body will get its energy by releasing blood sugar from stored supplies in the liver, making your blood sugar level rise. That’s why you need to keep taking your insulin or diabetes medication when you’re sick to control your blood glucose levels even though you may not be eating or may be eating less than normal.
The frequency of blood glucose monitoring should be increased. You should not skip meals and try to eat small frequent meals. Also have plenty of fluids. However, you can adjust the dosages of medications after consulting your physician. He might even advice you to check your urine ketones. You should rush to the doctor if you have: persistent vomiting/ moderate or large ketones/decreased frequency of urination/excessive thirst or dryness of mouth and breathlessness.
Source: Diabetic Living India – November 2011/January 2012
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