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Type 1 Getting a cold!

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Saeeda, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Saeeda

    Saeeda Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi I think I’m getting the cold symptoms and already noticed spikes in my sugar levels. Does that happen to slot of people? Sugar going high or low wen having a cold.
    Another thing I want to ask is what are the first symptoms many of you have when getting a cold because I’m denying I’m getting one lol and my family have said your definitely getting one so a big debate!
     
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  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Getting a cold will cause your levels to rise as your body produces glucose in response to the infection, so yes it's a sign of something going on, I know i'm getting one when I feel a bit more tired than usual and of course the runny nose...:depressed:
     
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  3. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, if you're ill you need more insulin. Just keep testing and correcting. If you go high and can't get your levels down then check for ketones. a case of flu can lead to DKA if you're not careful.
     
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    angustia Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't know yet if having a cold would spike my bg, but symptoms I'm about to get one is successive sneezings, and/or a "tickling" sensation at my throat. I take a cold med right away.

    I notice that taking a supplement of vitamin C helps to prevent easily catching cold.
     
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  5. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    I take zinc lozenges to prevent colds - they stop the rhinovirus from breaching the cells walls in the throat (where they then multiply and spread) which is where colds tend to start.

    See this paper from 1983: https://aac.asm.org/content/aac/25/1/20.full.pdf
     
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    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh that’s interesting, Mel. How long do you have to take them in order for it to be effective?
     
  7. Saeeda

    Saeeda Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your replies they all make so much sense!
     
  8. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    I’m not sure to be honest. I guess it depends on your individual body. It was recommended to me by one of my lecturers.
     
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    woollygal Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Are they ok fir diabetes? Just thinking lozenge is usually sweet
     
  10. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I agree with zinc for immune system support, for years (from before I was diagnosed with diabetes) I have taken a vitamin C and zinc supplement daily. I used to get three or four heavy colds each winter, since the Vit C and zinc, I rarely get a cold and if I do it’s way less bothersome.
     
  11. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    You can also get a spray. My lozenges have sucrose in, so I just add a little insulin to my usual foot on the floor dose to cover them.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi just keep monitoring your BG's, you may need a little more insulin and drink plenty of fluids.
    Take care.
     
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