Always consult your doctor before going for a fast of any duration.
What risks you should be aware of?
These are the key risks:
Checking blood sugar during fasting
Checking blood glucose will not break a fast! It is important to monitor blood glucose levels especially to identify low glucose levels. A fast will have to be ended if glucose levels faII too low (below 70mg/dL)
How is low blood glucose treated?
If glucose levels do fall below 70 mg/dl, take 15 grams of carbohydrate in the form of one of these: 4 glucose tablets, 6 oz regular soda, 4 oz fruit juice or 1 tube glucose gel. Wait for 15 minutes and check your blood glucose levels again.
Tips on ordering meals with diabetes
Follow some easy steps to handle diabetes at your work place.
With low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). you may feel shaky, fast heartbeat, sweaty, anxious, dizzy, hungry, blurred vision, weak, fatigue,headache,or irritable.
If you have any symptoms of low blood sugar, check your blood sugar immediately. If low, eat or drink a sugary food,such as:
Wait for 15 minutes and then check your blood sugar again. If it is still low,eat or drink a sugary food again. Once your blood sugar returns to normal, eat a meal or snack.This can prevent your further low sugars.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to sexual problems in both men and women. Tests can be done to discover if diabetes has caused damage to your nervous system or blood vessels that is affecting your sex life.If you feel that diabetes is causing problems in your sex life, talk to your doctor.
Issues in men :
Men may have difficulty with erections or ejaculation. Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects a man's ability to get and sustain an erection that leads to positive sexual experiences.
Retrograde ejaculation is a condition in which part or all of a man's semen goes into the bladder instead of coming out from the tip of the penis during ejaculation.
If erectile dysfunction is a concern,make sure to discuss your medications with your doctor, as some medications can lead to erectile dysfunction. Sometimes different medications can be prescribed that don't have erectile dysfunction as a side effect.
Retrograde ejaculation caused by diabetes may be helped with a medication that strengthens the muscle tone of the sphincter in the bladder. Check with your doctor before taking any medicine or herbal medication.
Plan your travel to be comfortable and safe. Follow these tips for a comfortable trip:
There are two aspects of diabetes during pregnancy.
Few key notes
Any kind of sickness- simple ones like cold, flu, sore throat, and infections of ear,teeth or bladder,vomiting or diarrhea or more serious ones like pneumonia or a foot infection affects diabetes in many ways.This means that diabetes is more difficult to control when one is sick.
Four main concerns and their preventive action
|High Blood glucose levels||Check glucose more often and take corrective doses of short acting clear insulin.|
|Low blood glucose levels||Check glucose more often and even if you do not feel like eating,eat little at frequent intervals.|
|Dehydration||Drink plenty of fluids especially like butter milk, vegetable or lentil soup,lemon water.|
|Diabetic ketoacidosis||Rest and stay warm. Do not exercise vigorously - call your doctor if glucose levels are continuously more than 300 mg/dl. Measure ketones at home.