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Managing Diabetes during Sick Days

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is sick day management?

Sick day management is a plan to control your blood sugar levels while you are sick. You develop this plan with your diabetes care team.

Why do I need a sick day plan?

Your blood sugar levels can increase because of stress from illness, surgery, or injury. Your plan will help prevent high blood sugar levels and other serious health conditions such as the following:

What are some things I should do when I am sick?

What can I drink and eat while I am sick?

If you cannot have meals, eat or drink about 50 grams of carbohydrate. Do this every 4 hours that you are awake during the day to help prevent low blood sugar levels. Your healthcare provider may give you specific directions based on your daily carbohydrate targets. Each of the liquids and foods listed below has about 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrate.

Have someone call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.