Looking after yourself if you are unwell with diabetes


If you have diabetes then things are more complicated if you become unwell , especially if you are on insulin - should you give yourself more insulin because your body will need more when you are unwell, or less because you are not eating? How often should you monitor? What should you do if your sugars go too high? How do you know when to seek help.

Our local diabetes clinic at the Cedar Centre has produced some excellent leaflets for people with diabetes that can help here, and they apply whether you are unwell with any short term illness, whether it is COVID-19, or something like norovirus. There are different leaflets for different situations:

Type 1 diabetes: If you are on insulin injections twice a day

Type 1 diabetes: If you are on insulin injections four times a day

Type 1 diabetes: If you are on a continuous pump of insulin

Type 2 diabetes: If you are on insulin

Type 2 diabetes: If you are on tablets for your diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes and on diet alone then your diabetes probably does not need any special treatment, but do seek medical advice if you have concerns.

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