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Hypoglycaemia & Sick Days with Diabetes

Hypoglycaemia & Sick Days with Diabetes

Hypoglycaemia

Hypoglycaemia is when you have low blood glucose levels and are usually called 'Hypos'. When having a hypo, you may feel drowsy, confused and in cases of severe hypos you could lose consciousness. 

Hypos can happen very quickly, symptoms you will notice are:
 
  • shaking
  • sweating
  • blurred vision
  • hunger
  • tiredness
  • paleness
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • lack of concentration
Hypos can be caused by delayed meals, delayed treatment, not enough carbohydrates, physical activity (that you haven't planned for), and drinking lots of alcohol or drinking alcohol without eating.
 

Sick days

You have to take extra care of yourself when you are ill and have diabetes.
 
When you're ill, remember to use the following tips:
 
  • Check your blood glucose levels every four hours, including during the night
  • Check your ketones too, if they are positive call your diabetes specialist nurse or doctor
  • It is important that you continue to take insulin or oral diabetes medications, and adjust your dose according to your blood glucose readings. Contact your GP or a member of your diabetes care team if you are in any way unsure what to do about your insulin or tablet dose.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Be aware of signs of hypoglycaemia
  • Contact your doctor if you are worried
  • If you are being sick or feeling sick, try to replace solid food with soup or yoghurt, or have small starchy snacks.
If you are being sick and unable to even keep fluids down then get medical help immediately. Watch our videos on the right for more information and remember: The medical advice in this video should not replace any advice from your medical team. Please consult your medical team if in doubt.

You can order support materials about hypoglycaemia and sick days with diabetes by calling our Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525.

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