Sick day plan for diabetics

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   Posted 12/22/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
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Guidelines for Sick Day Management from the Sparrow Hospital Diabetes Education Program

A simple cold, flu or infection can quickly destroy any good diabetes control. It is very imporant to drink plenty of fluids because of the risk of dehydration. Follow these guidelines to maintain fluid and nutrition status during illness:

~Even if you are not eating much food, always take your insulin.
~Test your blood sugar more often, illness can raise blood sugar levels. You may need to test for ketones if your blood sugar goes above 240 mg. (13.3 European)
~Drink at least 8 oz. of calorie-free fluids every hour. (clear broth or soups, sugar-free Kool-aid, diet soft drinks without caffeine)
~If blood sugar is 151 or above (8.4 Eu) use calorie free liquids as above
~If blood sugar is 150 or below (8.3 Eu) use carbohydrate containing liquids such as juice, jello, yogurt, popsicles or koolaid
~Unless you are following a low sodium meal plan, use broth and consummé a few times a day to replace electrolytes lost
~Medication to control nausea may be needed to make sure you are able to keep your body hydrated.

Examples of foods that contain 15 grams of carbohydrate:

• 1/2 cup apple juice
• 1 popsicle
• 5 lifesavers candies
• 1 slice of toast
• 6 saltines
• 1/3 cup frozen yogurt
• 1/2 cup ice cream
• 1 cup light yogurt
• 1/4 cup regular pudding

Remember, never skip your insulin when you are ill.

As with any situation it's important that you contact your doctor or diabetes educator with questions or concerns.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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