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Ask Me Anything > Managing BGs during the cold season.

Ask Me Anything about managing BGs during the cold season. Let's see if we can help each other get through what looks like may be a tough flu season.

Thanks so much to Patty for suggesting that I ask more specific questions!

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

This is going to sound like the craziest thing ever but ... when a healthy person gets REALLY sick, their blood sugar goes really low (like scary low for us diabetics). So after having learned this, the next time I got ill, I figured "What the hell" and just let my blood sugar climb to around 200 and kept it in the 180-200 range. It wanted to be there anyway! And stunningly I got better SO fast!! My theory is that those buggies can't tolerate a high blood sugar level. So - yeah, it's not good to be high for long - but it's also not good to be too sick. Of course I also follow the "common sense" recommendations for folks that are sick - stay well hydrated, get fresh air (and air out the house / change the linens), keep your distance and get plenty of rest.

My husband has been suffering with a wicked case of the flu since Thursday. He's taking TamiFlu and a homeopathic treatment. Both are helping, but he's still pretty sick. My blood sugar's been INSISTING on being between 170-200 since about Fri, but so far I FEEL fine. Who knows - maybe I'll get sick the second I post this - but for me, keeping my blood sugar up a bit when I feel like I'm coming down with something has always helped lessen the severity of whatever it is, while my poor family suffers.

Also a new product I intend to try called Halo Oral Antiseptic Spray - kills the buggies BEFORE they make you sick - read about it!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatty


As the site says on the bottom of each page. I'm not a doctor. I'm trying to imagine what you are saying but it's getting lost on me a bit, that is, I can't imagine how leaving a BG elevated is helping to eliminate a cold. I do welcome the conversation and other's thoughts on the subject but for the moment I have to say that it seems to conflict with what I know about infection and elevated BGs.

Looking forward to hearing more/from others.

January 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner