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Need to take a sick day?

Dealing with diabetes and illness together can leave one in a quandary. A cold, the flu, or an infection can raise your blood glucose levels. All of the above can zap your energy level and your appetite and put exercise on the back burner. And if your blood glucose levels are very high, you could have serious health problems leading to a coma.

So be prepared for illness. Make a plan ahead of time for sick days. Going to work can expose your colleagues to infection while you should be resting and recovering. Keep reading for some guidelines to follow when you are under the weather and just need to stay home.

Source:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Taking Care of Your Diabetes at Special Times. http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/type1and2/specialtimes.htm#1 (Accessed 04/09).

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