Diabetes and “the virus”

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is keeping their hopes up and their pillboxes full. As always, it’s prudent to keep a good supply of your medications in case you cannot leave your house, but you might want to be more vigilant with stocking up on other things if you have diabetes. In 2018, potentially 10.5% of the US population had diabetes so we know how important it is to keep diabetics safe during these difficult times. We all know high blood glucose (sugar) is not a good thing but don’t forget low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is not safe either especially when you are a diabetic.

It scares me to hear when a patient say, “my blood sugar was so low that it woke me up and I had to go downstairs to get juice.” Please consider keeping a good supply of juice (or your glucagon kit) in easily accessible areas throughout the house so you do not have to walk up or down the stairs while you are dizzy and shaking from hypoglycemia.

Also, don’t forget to refill all your test strips and lancets to keep monitoring your blood sugar if that is what your doctor recommends. You might not be as active if you are stuck in the house so good monitoring of your blood sugars is especially important during these times.

Hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe. Please note my *disclaimer* at the bottom of this blog. Thank you.