What Happens to Your Blood Sugar When You Have the Flu?

By NaDica | Articles

Sep 29

People that have diabetes are more likely to get the flu, and they are 3 times more likely to need a hospital stay for the complications of this virus in comparison to people who do not have diabetes.

Sometimes it does not matter if you are cautious or not because there is a high possibility that you will get the flu just like anyone else.

People who have diabetes know that infections and viruses can complicate their control over the blood sugar. For example, the numbers may drop because of some changes in the diet or they might go up and be difficult to bring these numbers down.

If you have diabetes, you need to prepare and know few basic things about the combination of flu and diabetes.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Runny nose
  • Sore Throat
  • High fever
  • Serious pains and aches in the muscles and joints
  • Pain around the eyes
  • Flushed and warm skin
  • Watery Eyes
  • Weakness

Which Drugs Are Safe?

In order to ease your symptoms, you can take over-the-counter drugs. However, you should always read the label. Remember that you need to avoid drugs that have a lot of sugar.

This includes liquid cough drugs, cough drops and liquid flu and cold drugs. Instead of these products, you should opt for sugar-free products.

How Will Flu Influence the Blood Sugar?

Usually, the flu leads to increase in the blood sugar levels. On the other hand, people that are on hypo causing medication might be at risk of too low glucose levels in case they consume insufficient carbs while ill.

However, when you get the flu, it is crucial to check your blood sugar levels more regularly than you usually do. You should do that since the flu, and the feeling of being ill can actually mask the symptoms of low and high blood glucose.

Because of this, you can develop hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia without being aware of it, both of which might be severe if not treated fast enough.

What Can You Consume?

At this time you might feel crummy, and not thirsty or hungry at all. However, that does not mean that you do not have to eat or drink. Remember, you need to consume something in order to maintain your blood glucose levels steady.

Stick to your same meal plan. Every hour you can consume around 15 g of carbs such as one cup of soup, one slice of toast or ¾ cup of frozen yogurt.

How to Avoid the Flu?

People with diabetes, have a higher risk when it comes to complications. The best strategy is to prevent flu. Make sure to keep your hands clean. The best way to avoid the flu is thorough and frequent hand washing.

Another alternative is to get yearly nasal or shot vaccine. Before you decide to make any changes, you need to consult your doctor. If you find this article useful, share it with your friends and family.

Source Diabetes Self-Management | Web MD | Diabetes