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Has your diabetes team provided you with sick day instructions?

  77%   508  
  12%   83  
      What are sick day instructions?  
  10%   66  

Has your diabetes team provided you with sick day instructions?

Poll dates: December 31, 2000 - January 7, 2001
Total Votes: 657

It is encouraging to learn that the greater majority of responders have been provided with sick day guidelines. Hopefully, these guidelines include meal planning alterations, medication adjustment, monitoring schedules, and when to call for help. It is extremely important to have a plan for "sick days" because inappropriate illness management is the cause of roughly 25% of cases of diabetic ketoacidosis in type 1 diabetes, and a major cause for hyperosmolar non-ketotic syndrome in type 2.

For the 20% of responders who do not have a "sick day plan" or who have not heard of one, I suggest that you review sick day management on this website, and set up a meeting with your diabetes care providers to provide an individualized plan in order to prevent the life-threatening complications.


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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:46
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