Diabetic Diet Advice & Support
Diabetic Diet Advice and Support
When You Are Sick
It's important to take care of your diabetes even when you're ill. Here are some tips on what to do:
Even if you can't keep food down, keep taking your diabetes medicine.
Drink at least one cup (8 ounces) of water or other calorie-free, caffeine-free liquid every hour while you're awake.
If you can't eat your usual food, try drinking juice or eating crackers, popsicles, or soup.
If you can't eat at all, drink clear liquids such as ginger ale. Eat or drink something with sugar in it if you have trouble keeping food down, because you still need calories. If you don't have enough calories, you increase your risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Make sure that you check your blood glucose. Your blood glucose level may be high even if you're not eating.
Call your doctor right away if you throw up more than once or have diarrhea for more than 6 hours.
Points to Remember
What, when, and how much you eat all affect your blood glucose level.
You can keep your blood glucose at a healthy level if you:
Every day, choose foods from these food groups: starches, vegetables, fruit, meat and meat substitutes, and milk and yogurt. How much of each depends on how many calories you need a day.
Limit the amounts of fats and sweets you eat each day.
Find More Help
To find a diabetes teacher near you, call the American Association of Diabetes Educators toll-free at 1-800-TEAMUP4 (1-800-832-6874) or see www.diabeteseducator.org and click on "Find a Diabetes Educator."
For UK Diabetic Help, see the British Diabetic Association website: www.diabetes.org.uk/home.htm
Diabetes Education Programs
To find a program near you, call toll-free 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or see www.diabetes.org and click on "Diabetes Info."
SOURCE: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Website: www.niddk.nih.gov/
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