Sugar Matters
October 23, 2009
Diabetic Sick Days-quiz first!

As we head into flu season, we need to keep talking about the best way to prevent illness and take care of yourself if you DO get sick. This week we start with a short quiz before we get to next week’s topic of Diabetic sick days.{{more}} Get that brain working…

1) If I come down with a cold/sore throat/fever, I should:

a) Stop taking all of my diabetes medications immediately.
b) Stop taking my insulin
c) Take more of my diabetes medicines
d) Call my doctor to discuss what I should do with my diabetes medicines

2) I started having diarrhea and vomiting yesterday. Today I feel sort of weak and lightheaded.

I may need to stop taking my Metformin (Glucophage), but I should check with my doctor too. TRUE/FALSE

3) One thing I can keep down in my stomach is juice, so I should keep drinking straight juice all day. TRUE/FALSE

4) My stomach feels so raw from the vomiting. I should

a) Stop eating until I feel normal again
b) Make myself eat like normal
c) Eat very small amounts of bland food about every hour
d) Drink only soda

5) When diabetics get sick they all have high blood sugars. TRUE/FALSE

6) Some medicines you buy without a prescription can make your blood sugar go down. TRUE/FALSE

7) The flu is more deadly in people with diabetes than in people without diabetes. TRUE/FALSE

How did you do? Next week we will talk more. Until then stay safe and healthy Vincies. The code words for this season: wash, wash, wash those hands!



Anita Ramsetty, MD
Medical Director Endocrine Care Group
Tel: 843-798-4227