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Diabetes

What to do when you are sick

If you have diabetes it is important that you take special care of yourself when you are sick.  This is because your diabetes can become worse and might even make your illness worse. You may find that your blood sugar levels rise. 

Here are some important tips to help you manage your diabetes when you are ill.

  • Do not stop taking your diabetes medication.
  • Drink plenty of unsweetened fluids, water is best.  You may need to drink about 3 litres or 5 pints a day.
  • Test your blood sugar levels regularly.  Four times each day is about right.
  • If your blood glucose levels are rising or are over 15 mmol/l you may need to take extra medication.  Contact your GP or Diabetes team for advice.
  • If you cannot eat normally, eat simple foods such as bread, milk, soups and yogurt.
  • If you can only tolerate fluids sip a glass of fruit juice or lemonade every couple of hours.
  • If you are unable to keep anything down seek advice. 
  • If the surgery is closed call the urgent number 06 765 5300, or go to the Emergency Department at Taranaki Base Hospital.
  • Rest, as exercise can make things worse.
  • If you have ketone sticks to check your urine do this from time to time.  If there are ketones in your urine get in touch with your doctor or diabetes team.  
  • Do not stop taking your diabetes medication.

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