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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire

Feeling ill

Even if you are feeling poorly and don’t feel like eating, wherever possible, keep taking your medication as normal. If you have difficulty taking your medication when you are unwell you should contact your doctor or nurse.

You should also contact your doctor or nurse if you:

  • Are unable to eat or drink
  • Have persistent vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Have a blood glucose higher than 20 mmol/L despite increasing insulin
  • Have very low glucose levels
  • Have large amounts of ketones in the urine
  • Become drowsy or confused (make sure your carers or relatives are aware of this)
  • Any other concern

The DiabetesUK website has a very useful section about what to do when you are feeling ill. also has helpful advice for managing your diabetes when you are unwell