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I'm type 1 and have been for 15yrs (I'm 21) was just wondering if anyone can give any different sick day rules? The normal ones haven't worked n my sugars are sky high! Help!

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Living with type 1 diabetes since 1990.
כ"ס, ISR
Drink a lot of water, test your BG often and inject insulin more often.

Thornliebank, GBR
Do you check your sugar levels in 'Mols' or 'M/mols'?

Immingham, GBR
M/mols as in the uk... And thanks but when drink atm I throw it after about a quarter pint

Thornliebank, GBR
I'm in the UK too. One unit of your fast acting should bring your level down between 2-3m/mol . If your level is 'hi' on your meter that normally means above 32. Always take your units like it would bring your level down the 3 points. My levels were 22.5 this morning. I took 5 extra units which would bring my sugars down by 15 (5x3=15) leaving me at 7.5 (22.5 - 15 = 7.5)

Israel, ISR
I use insulin pump, so when I'm sick I set the basal rates to 150% and this helps a bit, also do a lit of BG tests

Thornliebank, GBR
Meant to say if you're throwing it up you must have really really high sugars. Check for ketones and if you have them, up your background insulin by 20% and test your sugars every two hours and correct any high sugars as I advised before.

Immingham, GBR
Thanks guys... Yeah mine have been hi on my meter regularly and I've been in dka before really don't want to have it again. I take like 30 units when I'm "hi" and it takes hours to come down to just the 20's mark :-/

Thornliebank, GBR
Everyone has insulin resistance when sugars are high, I wouldn't take any more than 9 units at a time though. If your sugar level is only 34 for instance, 10 units would bring it down to 4.0, please don't take that amount again. Test test test****

Littleton Common, MA
A friend gave me a trick to use when my BGs are extremely high. Take extra insulin and inject it directly into your calf muscles. Then run on the spot or bounce on your toes. The muscular activity really seems to make the insulin work a LOT faster. If you're on shots the iphone app RapidCalc will help you calculate insulin-on-board which is one of the big benefits of having a pump.

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