If you have diabetes, being unwell with a cold, flu, tummy bug or other infection can have a detrimental effect on your blood sugar levels.
As well as trying to rest to get over the illness, you need to stay on top of your blood sugar levels.
Here are some tips:
Check your blood sugar more often. Feeling under the weather, infections and diarrhoea can play havoc with good blood sugar control. Levels can end up higher or lower as you fight off the illness, and you may not feel like eating normally. If you have type 1 diabetes, check for ketones with high blood sugar if you've been advised to do so.
Check your temperature regularly.
Drink liquids if you can't keep solid food down to avoid dehydration and to get some nutrients. Soup or broths can be good choices.
If you use insulin for your diabetes, don't stop taking it even if you can't eat solid food. You may need to eat or drink something with sugar so that your blood sugar doesn't drop too low.
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