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Old 10-31-2017, 19:16   #1
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People with diabetes (type 1 or type 2), even when well-managed, are at high risk of serious flu complications, often resulting in hospitalization and sometimes even death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. The flu also can make chronic health problems, like diabetes, worse. This is because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections. In addition, illness can make it harder to control your blood sugar. The illness might raise your sugar but sometimes people don’t feel like eating when they are sick, and this can cause blood sugar levels to fall. So it is important to follow the sick day guidelines for people with diabetes. Flu and People with Diabetes
I am pretty sure I had the flu last week. It started last Monday morning when I woke up with a very sore throat, fever, and every muscle and joint in my body hurting. Within a few days, a deep painful cough set in and I was pretty much miserable. Yes, I realize I should have gone to the doctor, but I knew dang well he would give me a breathing treatment and steroids which have a horrible impact on my Keto lifestyle, so I decided to hold out as long as possible and started taking Maximum Strength Mucinex DM.

Day 5 and 6 of all of this, my blood sugar started going up, so I was crossing my fingers it wouldn't get worse. I slept most of the weekend. Finally, 9 days since this all started, I am feeling much better and just have some leftover cough. Through it all, I remained low carb and most days had trouble eating anything beyond some broth. (P.S. I am NOT advising that you don't see a doctor when you are sick. I am just not a big fan of doctors so I tend to hold out until there is no other choice.)

How do you handle diabetes when you get sick?

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Lots of self-care. For some reason, unless it's a GI disorder, being sick rarely makes me feel like I don't want to eat.

I may eat less. 's OK; I'm less active. I may eat cooked veggies instead of a salad. Blander food. Whatever I feel like.

I try to sleep as I need to, take it easy on my schedule/workload, stay hydrated, and not stress that my BG is around 20 points over my average (it'll go back down when I feel better). I just try to stay the course.

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Wow. This just happened to me.... around the same 9 to 10 days, taking Mucinex for terrible cough and some decongestants. I also had dry mouth alot and did a nono by taking sweet cherry cough drops. I had no appetite and lost around 12 lbs.

Now that I'm better, my blood sugar is very high and I only gained 2 lbs. I'm doing my best to keep the weight off which is a big challenge. I'm also off glipizide/metformin and now taking 2 Janumet's a day. I can't say whether this, along with the sickness is causing my BG numbers to be high though.

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I also had dry mouth alot and did a nono by taking sweet cherry cough drops.
Welcome to the forums, synchron!

They're harder to find -- and then there's that whole conversation about whether artificial sweeteners are OK for humans -- but there are sugar-free cough drops. I get the Ricola drops because I don't think they taste good enough to be tempted to overdo them.

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Depends on what your illness is. Currently have bursitis which has raised my BG more than any illness I've had in the past. More walking would help, but the bursitis prevents me from doing that. So I'm doing some chair exercises that mostly involve large arm movements, to try to get my blood sugar under better control. So long as I don't fall out of my chair, this is doable.

Just a warning about using cough drops. If you use more than a couple of day, please, please, please switch to the no sugar stuff. Your dental bill will thank you. Been there, done that. FWIW, if you have a really persistent cough, Halls works the best. Believe me, I tried them all.

I too would prefer not to see the doc but repeated sinus infections and pneumonia means I go in sooner than later. However, since I got a cpap, I no longer get these, which is great. Also, if you are prone to ear infection, consider asking your doc for a script for acetic acid ear drops. Prescription vinegar. Does wonders for prevention.

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