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Coping with Illness
People with diabetes do not get more illnesses than other people, but if you do get ill your control may be upset.
Common illnesses such flu, sore throats or stomach trouble may upset your diabetes control, but blood sugar levels will usually return to normal once you are better.
What should I do if I am ill?
Your blood sugar may rise even if you are unable to eat your normal food and drink, so never stop taking your insulin or diabetes tablets.
Consult your diabetes nurse or doctor if
If your blood sugar is more than 17mmol/l twice in a row or if you are vomiting, test your urine for ketones if you are able. Ketones are acid substances produced when your body is short of insulin. Shortage of insulin means your body can't get sugar into your cells so you start to burn fat stores to give you energy. This is called ketoacidosis and is dangerous if not treated quickly so contact your diabetes nurse or doctor.
Can I adjust my insulin?
If you are on insulin and have discussed this with your diabetes nurse or doctor you should follow their guidelines. If you are not sure you should contact your diabetes nurse or doctor.
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