If you are ill, more glucose is released into your bloodstream and your body becomes resistant to insulin, which can mean a rise in your blood glucose levels, so you may need to take a higher dose of insulin.
Use the following ‘sick day rules’ to take extra care of your diabetes.
- Call your healthcare team if you need help.
- Keep taking your insulin and/or other diabetes medications even if you don’t feel like eating. You might need more than usual.
- Test your blood glucose levels more often
- Stay well hydrated. Have lots of unsweetened drinks to avoid dehydration
- Eat little and often, and have carbohydrate-containing drinks if you cannot keep food down.
- Diabetes UK. Dealing with illness, https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Living_with_diabetes/Illness/
If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy you will get extra care.
Having diabetes can increase the possibility of problems in pregnancy. But managing your diabetes well, before and during your pregnancy, will help to reduce these.
Labour and birth may be different from what you had imagined, but it can still be a positive experience. Talk to your healthcare team about what your options are.
If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes, you should to talk to your healthcare team if you are thinking about having a baby. There are some things you can do now to make your upcoming pregnancy safer.
ℹLast reviewed on September 1st, 2015. Next review date September 1st, 2017.