How Does An Infection Increase Blood Sugar In Diabetics?
Video of the Day When struck by infection, the body releases stress hormones that help it fight the infection but at the same time cause an increase in blood glucose. Insulin resistance also increases, causing a further rise in glucose levels by impairing the body's ability to use glucose for energy. Doctors and diabetes educators recommend having a sick-day plan for managing common infections at home. Part of a sick-day plan is knowing how often you should test your blood glucose when you're not feeling well. Ask you doctor if you also need to test your urine for ketones when you're sick. Staying hydrated is important since dehydration can occur when blood glucose levels are too high. A sick-day plan includes knowing when to call your doctor or seek emergency treatment, as well as how to maintain your usual carbohydrate intake when you don't feel like eating your normal foods. If you use insulin, work with your health-care team to make a plan for adjusting dosage to control elevated blood glucose levels. Some studies indicate that people with diabetes are at higher risk for certain types of infection, such as urinary tract infections and yeast infections. Existing high blood gluco Continue reading >>