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Colds

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by susieg, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. susieg

    susieg Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Why do your b.g. levels soar when you have a cold. woke this morning to a 16.5 now still up around 13 !!! corrected every so often. still stays up there. I wonder what makes it go high?
     
  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi Susie, simple explanation is your body releases hormones to fight infection in your body and side effect is high blood glucose readings. If I remember correctly if your running above 18 mmol/l you should check for ketones, which is why us type 1's have to be extra vigilant with illness to ensure we don't get ketoacidosis, lots of testing and corrections and follow sick day rules if you've done DAFNE, otherwise check with you diabetic team.
     
  3. susieg

    susieg Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh right, yes I've done DAFNE and did all the right things, eventually it's come down to a 'mere' 8 now... I just wondered what it was that made it go high, thanks for the explanation. btw... I did test for keytones too, nil.... phew! I also corrected before I went to bed, I was 8.7... just .75 unit on the pump... when I woke...still 8.7 the insulin did nothing. weird.. the whole diabetes thing is weird. don't you think?
     
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    BeccyB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The insulin probably did it's usual job but the effects of the cold counter-acted it. It's just another reminder that absolutely everything affects our blood glucose!! Sounds like you're doing a good job of getting through it though, hope you feel better soon
     
  5. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Ha ha yes I Iike that description it is weird !! This is the bit where my head hurts as you have to try and work out why it's gone up and then how much insulin to take.. Still your readings are pretty good so it sounds like your over the worst of it now ;)
     
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