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2497 Sick day rules for people with diabetes

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If you have diabetes and you fall ill, you need to take some extra precautions to manage your blood glucose level. Firstly, and most importantly, never stop taking your insulin or tablets, because being ill usually increases your body’s need for insulin. Alongside you need to make sure that you drink at least 100 millilitres of water or sugar free fluid every hour; that’s about half a cup. And you must drink at least two and half litres, or 5 pints, of fluids per day whilst you are ill. Also, eat as normally as you can, but if you have a smaller appetite than normal, replace solid food during your illness with one of the following; 400 millilitres of milk, or 200 millilitres of fruit juice, or 200 millilitres of fizzy drink, or one scoop of ice cream. By the way, 400 millilitres is just under a pint. You should also rest and avoid strenuous exercise, as this may increase your blood glucose level. To make sure that you are keeping things under control, test your blood glucose level every two hours day and night. Sometimes people with diabetes (usually people with Type 1 diabetes) are advised to test either their urine or blood for ketones. If you have the equipment, check your ketone level every two hours if you’re feeling very unwell. On most occasions you should be able to manage your diabetes yourself using these simple tips, but sometimes you may feel you need to call your diabetes specialist nurse or your GP. When should you do this? If you’re experiencing continuous diarrhoea and vomiting and or a high fever. If you are unable to keep food or liquids down for four hours or more If you have high blood glucose levels over 15 millimoles per litre Or if your ketones are at 2 plus or 3 plus in your urine, or your blood ketones are 1.5 millimoles per litre or more. If you have any of these conditions outside of normal working hours consult your local out of hours service or go to the emergency department at your local hospital.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 11, 2015

2497 Sick day rules for people with diabetes

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