People with diabetes are at no greater risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. People with diabetes are however, more likely to develop symptoms and complications with any form of infection.

Everyday Precautions:

  • Wear a Medical Identification
  • Clean hands often, wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If using hand sanitizer; it should contain at least 60% alcohol
  • Limit touching public surfaces when possible
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid all non-essential travel
  • Keep at least 1 weeks work of diabetes supplies
    • Oral diabetes medication
    • Insulin, insulin delivery supplies
    • Blood glucose strips
    • Extra batteries for meter or insulin pump
    • Quick-acting source of glucose if you are at risk for lows and too ill to eat

What to do if you get sick:

Sick Day Management

  • Check blood sugar every 2-4 hours
  • Drink 8 ounces of caffeine-free fluids every hour
  • Try to eat meals and snacks as usual
  • Check for ketones if BG is above 240mg/dL (Type 1 diabetes)
  • Discuss with physician the use of extra insulin
  • Be aware that some CGM sensors impacted by certain medications. Check with finger sticks to ensure accuracy.

When to Call the Doctor

  • Illness or fever for more than 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 4 hours
  • Moderate or large ketones (Type 1 diabetes)
  • You have signs of ketoacidosis (Type 1 diabetes)
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
    • Fruity odor to the breath

For more information please call Wellness and Diabetes Education at 501-932-3236 or American Diabetes Association 1-800-DIABETES.

Snack Options:

While we are practicing social distancing, here are some ideas for healthy snacks. Snacks should include a carbohydrate and a protein source if possible.

Shelf Stable Snack Options that contain both a Carbohydrate and a Protein Source 

  • 1 LaraBar, Luna Bar, Rx Bar, KIND Fruit & Nut Bar, Clif Nut Butter Bar
  • ¼ cup Trail Mix (Nuts/dried fruit/cereal)
  • 1, 8oz. Glucerna Shake 

Mix and Match your own snack combination

Shelf Stable Carbohydrate Sources (Choose 1 + protein source below)

  • ¼ cup Dried Fruit
  • ½ cup Canned Fruit (packed in its own juice or water)
  • 3 cups Popcorn
  • 5 Triscuits
  • 10 Wheat Thins
  • 6 Whole Grain Crackers
  • 12 Tortilla Chips
  • ½ cup Pretzels
  • ½ Applesauce
  • 1/3 cup Granola
  • ½ cup Oatmeal
  • ½ cup Cheerio’s
  • 2 Rice Cakes

Shelf Stable Protein Sources 

  • 1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter or other Nut Butter
  • 10-15 Nuts of any kind (almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts)
  • ¼ cup Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 oz. canned Tuna or Salmon
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 oz. Beef Jerky

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