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Sick Day Guidelines & Checking for Ketones

Diabetes Sick Day Guidelines

When you’re sick, even if just a simple cold, your blood glucose may rise. It's important to follow these diabetes sick day guidelines.  

 Call your health care provider if:

  • unable to hold down food or fluids or have persistent diarrhea for several hours
  • experiencing abdominal pain for several hours
  • urine ketones measure above trace
  • blood glucose levels are higher than normal after taking extra insulin (if recommended in your sick-day plan)
  • taking oral medication for diabetes and your blood glucose remains above range before a meal and stays high for more than 24 hours

Diabetic Ketoacidocis (D.K.A.)
Checking for Ketones

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