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Quiz: Managing Diabetes When You’re Sick

Illness and infections can make it much harder to manage diabetes. Do you know what it takes to make it through the upcoming cold and fu season safely? Take this quiz to fnd out.

True or False?

1. If you’re sick, you should monitor your blood sugar more often.

2. Your insulin needs may change while you have an illness.

3. It’s OK to wait until you’re sick before stocking up on supplies or sick-day foods.

Answers

1. True. People with diabetes who don’t use insulin may have to monitor blood glucose as much as four times a day. For those who do use insulin, it could be at least every four hours.

2. True. Illness can afect how insulin works. You may need it while you’re sick even if you don’t use it when you’re well. If you already use insulin, you may need extra. When you feel better, the insulin amount can be gradually reduced.

3. False. Work with your doctor to create a sick-day plan. The plan can provide directions about monitoring blood glucose and include a list of acceptable liquids and foods. Make sure you know when to call your doctor.

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