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The Affects of Common Cold and Flu on Diabetics

Apr 9, 2008
No one likes the cold and flu season, but diabetics have more reason to dread it than most. A person that is relatively healthy can expect to be out of commission for about three to four days. A person with diabetes could end up in the hospital, especially if they do not keep close tabs on their blood sugar levels.

Diabetics are powerfully encouraged to obtain flu shots to guard themselves from catching the flu. Catching a plain cold or the flu can put further strain on the body increasing the blood sugar levels. Nearly all medications available, to help in the respite of symptoms that are linked with cold and flu, have high concentrations of sugar. A diabetic ought to constantly examine the labels of commonly sold medications and search for the items that are sugar-free or low in sugar. It has not been confirmed that these medicines reduce the period of cold or flu. Diabetics must consider the penalty of ingesting these to mask the symptoms and riskily elevating blood glucose levels alongside being wretched for a short time, however rather safer.

Next, a diabetic probably is not eating well if they are feeling sick, especially if they are nauseous and/or vomiting and have diarrhea. A diabetic needs to eat a nutritious diet to maintain good blood sugar levels. Doctors advise consuming 15 grams of carbohydrates every hour, but they are aware that in this type of situation, this goal probably is not going to be met. They will typically counsel a diabetic to go on taking their medications as they usually do.

Dehydration is another risk that a diabetic can experience. Drinking plenty of fluids is essential. Water, tea, and broth are good if the blood sugars remain within the normal and high ranges. Should the blood sugar levels drop, drinking a half cup of apple juice or other heavily sugared juice is advised

Monitoring blood sugar levels very closely during illness is imperative. Blood sugar levels can rise or fall dramatically and quickly. If a diabetic is already feeling "icky" they may not notice the signs that their sugar levels are out of control. Ketones should also be monitored. Ketones are the end product of excessive fatty-acid breakdown and are found in the urine only when ketone levels in the blood reach a certain point. Should a urine test prove positive for ketones, alert your physician immediately. A high level of ketones could lead to a coma.

Despite the fact that no one can avoid getting the cold or flu 100%, they can take preventative measures. Receiving a flu shot as well as asking those in contact with them on a regular basis, friends, loved ones and co-workers, to get one is an excellent starting point. Flu shots will not promise that an individual will stay flu-free, on the other hand for approximately six months it makes it extra hard catch it.

A pneumonia shot is another way to safe guard oneself against getting seriously ill. Pneumonia shots are available to anyone over the age of two who stands at a higher risk of dying from pneumonia (an infection in the lungs), such as diabetic patients. Pneumonia shots are also 60% effective in preventing other life-threatening diseases like meningitis (infection in the brain) and bacterernia (infection in the blood).

In conclusion, the most effective line of attack to evade illness is plainly by scrubbing your hands often and methodically. The effortless function of hand scrubbing sloughs germs and bacteria away, keeping them from finding a way into our body by way of the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Conversation with a doctor prior to getting sick and knowing what to be expecting and at what time to get in touch with them is significant.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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