Sick Days for Type 2 Diabetes

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When you are sick it is especially important to:

Monitor your blood glucose every 2-4 hours, especially if you are taking medications or insulin to treat diabetes, to be sure your blood sugar is not getting too high or too low (hypoglycemia). Keep a closer watch on diabetes warning signs when you're sick - you may need immediate medical attention, especially if you are nauseated, vomiting or dehydrated, your blood sugar is very high or very low, you have ketones, or you can't control your blood sugar.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis, (or DKA) is a life-threatening emergency and can affect people with both type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

True! Diabetic ketoacidosis more commonly affects people with type 1 diabetes; however, it can also affect people with type 2 diabetes. In the case of type 2 diabetes, it is usually connected with severe infections, inflammation of the pancreas, or steroid treatment. It requires immediate medical attention.

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