Action Steps If You Don't Take Insulin
- Take your diabetes medicine even if you are sick and have been throwing up.
People who are sick sometimes feel as though they can’t eat as much or can’t keep food down, which can cause low blood glucose levels. Consuming carbohydrate-rich drinks or snacks can help prevent low blood glucose. If you are sick, your healthcare team may recommend the following:
- Check your blood glucose levels at least four times a day and write down the results in your record book. Keep your results handy so you can report the results to your health care team. A smartphone app like Sugar Sense, for Android and iOS, is a great way to gather your diabetes numbers in one place, and features handy charts for displaying your levels over time.
- Keep taking your diabetes medicines, even if you can’t eat.
- Drink at least 1 cup, or 8 ounces, of water or other calorie-free, caffeine-free liquid every hour while you’re awake.
- saltine crackers
- dry toast
- broth or bouillon
- ice pops or sherbet
- gelatin that isn’t sugar-free
- soda that isn’t sugar-free
Your doctor may ask that you call right away if: