How to handle the Flu or a Cold with Diabetes

Many people don’t know that if you have diabetes that could mean that you’re more susceptible to the flu and may have a harder time fighting it off. The flu and the common cold aren’t fun for anyone – but when you have diabetes and catch a cold or the flu, it can lead to increased blood sugar levels.

Remember, symptoms of the flu differ from the symptoms of a cold. Flu symptoms may come on suddenly. Another key difference of the flu is that you may have a fever, which might not happen with a cold. Here are more signs that you may be sick- and remember, symptoms can vary from person to person:

Flu Symptoms:

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  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Persistent headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin


Common Cold Symptoms:

  • Body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Body aches
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever

Diabetes and the Flu or Cold – Why your blood sugar levels rise when you’re sick

When your body is fighting off the flu or a cold, it sends out hormones to fight off the cold. Because of this, your body may have a harder time using insulin properly and you could see a rise in blood sugar levels because of this.


Diabetes and the Flu or Cold – Which medication is safe to take

Over the counter medications can alleviate your symptoms when trying to manage the cold or the flu, however, if you have diabetes you will wank to read any medication labels and check how much added sugar each contains. It’s usually best to avoid high amounts of sugar and look for sugar free products to help ease your symptoms.

Diabetes and the Flu or Cold – When to check your blood sugar

Checking your blood sugar every 3 – 4 hours are important when you’re sick, that way you can adjust your diabetes management plan and consult your doctor if necessary.

People with diabetes have a higher risk for complications if they get sick – the best strategy is to keep away from anyone who may be showing symptoms and to wash your hands often. The flu shot is always a great idea and the best time for anyone with diabetes to get vaccinated is early in the season around September.  

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Who Is Mitokon Health Center?

We’re Mitokon Health Center – A diabetes treatment center based near St Louis, MO that offers a breakthrough treatment for those interested in taking control of their diabetes and their symptoms. Have questions? Contact us at Mitokon Health Center for more information by calling (314) 628-1607 or emailing us at Info@MitokonHealthCenter.com