Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

When you are unwell

It is important to have a sick plan in place to help manage your diabetes during times of illness. 


Contact your doctor or diabetes educator if:

  • You can't eat normally - you probably still need to keep taking your diabetes tablets or insulin, and will need advice about what to do
  • You're not well enough to follow the important steps outlined above
  • Your blood glucose level is consistently above 15mmol/L for more than 12 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea continues for more than 12 hours
  • You continue to feel unwell or become drowsy


If you experience breathlessness, drowsiness, have a 'fruity' odour to your breath, or are unable to keep fluid down, consult a health professional.