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Offline BBarb

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Coughs and colds
« on: 20 January 2018, 03:16:27 PM »
Does having an infection such as a cold have an effect on blood sugars?  Does everyone respond differently to these occasions or is it pretty standard?

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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #1 on: 20 January 2018, 03:49:23 PM »
It's standard in that it affects all of us, but entirely different for each one of us pretty well each different time.

Just have to deal with it as it occurs, whatever way we can.
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #2 on: 20 January 2018, 11:25:56 PM »
As a rule any ailment, from coughs and colds to broken limbs will affect BGs raising them.  A body under stress (physical such as a cold, or mental) will produce cortisol which is a natural steroid and all steroids raise BGs Bbarb.
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #3 on: 21 January 2018, 03:06:48 PM »
testing BG will tell for sure.........I always find my BG's are elevated with a cold.
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #4 on: 21 January 2018, 03:49:16 PM »
Mine always are too! If it's a long illness I end up having to increase all my insulin doses by a bit to counteract it (even then it usually only half works, only real thing to do is wait for it to be over!). The first sure sign I get that I'm starting to be well again is that I will have a hypo from the extra insulin - that is, my BGs will start to come down of their own accord so then the "extra" insulin is now too much - right before symptoms start to subside. Only time I'm ever really happy to have one, haha!
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #5 on: 21 January 2018, 04:23:09 PM »
LOL - that was exactly like me when I went hypo after weeks of meg high BG and ketones when I broke me knee!

I was that relieved things were starting to revert to 'normal' again.  Not that they are completely, knee's still swollen and red hot at times, if that ain't 'inflammation' I wouldn't like to have any! -  but apparently kneecaps take 6 months to a year to revert when you aren't diabetic or old or anything else - so it's still early days at just over 3 months!
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #6 on: 22 January 2018, 07:33:26 AM »
Any situation that increases cortisol will raise blood sugars.

Cortisol belongs to a group of steroids called GLUCO-cortisoids .

Unfortunately the metabolic effects of these are to stimulate gluconeogenesis and inhibit the uptake of glucose into muscle tissue - a double whammy !

If only it was the other way round, you could control BGs by getting stressed - simple !!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucocorticoid
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #7 on: 22 January 2018, 02:01:12 PM »
I was ill for nearly a month all over Xmas & just couldn't work out a pattern for BG's other than it was high, I was correcting night & morning with anything up to 20 units Novorapid each time, it was like I was injecting water. Finally started to feel better last week & had 3 hypos in 24 hrs even though I had reduced the insulin already. It appears my pancreas enjoyed me being ill & decided to do something for a change when I had recovered.  ??? (Back to normal now & back to morning corrections but not as much).
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #8 on: 22 January 2018, 04:57:17 PM »
LOL - I had another hypo just after posting on a forum, serves me right for commenting about hypos.  Classic case of insulin working faster than macaroni cheese, despite the toast!  LOL  I only then realised I know very well I need a 'multi-wave' bolus where 'stodge' and 'fat' are combined in one plateful, simply forgot cos we don't eat pasta all that often.  I thereafter got a spike, since I needed more than just quick Lucozade to get it up enough fairly quickly, just have to act more slowly to get the high back down, in order to avoid the see-saw you get on if you sort the high too fast.

It's astonishing how quickly the body can do certain things and how slowly to do others.  The human body is so complicated though it's a good job we only have to attempt to understand one of em, I never envy doctors!
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Re: Coughs and colds
« Reply #9 on: 23 January 2018, 01:22:21 AM »
Does having an infection such as a cold have an effect on blood sugars?  Does everyone respond differently to these occasions or is it pretty standard?

My standard treatment is to temporarily ignore BGs, eat sensibly and treat the cold in ways which worked for me in the past, ignoring sugar content of cough syrups etc. The quicker I get rid of the cold the quicker my BGs return to normal.
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