Sick Day Management

  • If someone becomes ill and dehydrated, they must be aware of certain medications that they should stop.


·       Stay well hydrated

Blood sugar testing

·       Be vigilant if you find your blood sugars to be too high or too low

·       Make sure your know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

Medication adjustments

·       Insulin, metformin, and sulfonylureas may all need to be adjusted

·       Be aware that some over the counter products such as cough and cold items may contain high amounts of sugar. Ask your pharmacist for sugar-free or diabetes friendly products

Meal adjustments

·       Carefully consider which foods will impact your blood sugars. Be wary of sugary “sick foods” such as ginger ale and honey

·       Review your meals and make adjustments if your blood sugar is too high or too low

Contact your physician

·       If you have frequent diarrhea

·       If your blood sugar is too far outside your targets

  • Speak with your family physician to come up with a plan for sick day management

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