Diabetes is harder to control when you are sick. The body releases hormones to help fight the illness. These hormones affect the way your body uses insulin, which can cause a rise in blood glucose levels. This means blood sugar can get very high during an illness. If the high blood sugar is not treated, it can make you very sick and become a medical emergency.
It is good to be prepared for illness with a sick-day plan. Your healthcare provider will work with you to develop a plan designed specially for you. The plan may include:
People with diabetes are more likely to become ill. This is because diabetes weakens the immune system, which your body uses to fight infection. You can help prevent some infections by:
For more information about illness and diabetes, contact the American Diabetes Association at 800-342-2383, or visit their Web site at http://www.diabetes.org.