Should I take my insulin or diabetes pills when I am sick?

A bad cold, flu or serious injury can cause your blood glucose to rise. Therefore, you should continue taking your insulin or diabetes pills as usual. Test your blood glucose at least four times a day and contact your doctor with any concerns.

How should I eat when I am ill?

If you can continue your regular diabetes diet, do so even if your blood sugars are higher than normal. It’s not uncommon for blood sugars to rise when you are sick. If you cannot tolerate your regular diet, do your best to ensure you are getting at least some carbohydrates, in whatever form you can tolerate.

For instance, if you all can handle are clear fluids, it is acceptable to have drinks such as regular pop and juice in order to give you the energy to fight off the illness. As you are able to tolerate more, incorporate low fibre and low fat foods, such as white bread/pasta, chicken, applesauce, banana, etc. Progress to your regular diet as you’re able.