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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 >>

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  1. mo91108

    HOW DOES A COLD AFFECT BLOOD SUGARS

    I was just wondering because my blodd sugars have been normal but the second I got sick, they have been ridiculously out of control. woke up at 157 then ate lunch at 161 and I only ate protein for breakfast. Same as yesterday I was sick yesterday as well. It's horrible it's not the flu it's like a cold but it's horrible. Any advice ont his?

  2. MewElla

    My plan of action when I feel a cold or just not up to par is start drinking a lot more water to stay hydrated…seems to help me.

  3. Kaiyle

    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ILL WITH DIABETES:
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