ACES COVID-19 Response Managing Your Diabetes

Caution: If you feel you are developing any of the Covid-19 symptoms, call your doctor.

Here are some common tips, which may vary for each person:

  • Drink lots of fluids. If you're having trouble keeping water down, take small sips every 15 minutes or so throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
  • If you are experiencing a low blood sugar (below 70 mg/dl, or below your target range), eat 15 grams of simple carbs that are easy to digest, such as:
    • 1 tablespoon of honey or jam
    • ½ cup of Jell-O
    • 3-5 pieces of hard candy
    • 1 popsicle
    • ½ cup of fruit juice or regular soda.

Re-check your blood sugar 15 minutes after eating to make sure your levels are rising. If your blood sugar has registered high (BG greater than 240 mg/dl) more than 2 times in a row, Check for ketones to avoid DKA.

  • Call your doctor's office immediately if you have medium or large ketones.
  • Be aware that some Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) sensors such as Dexcom G5, Medtronic Enlite, and Guardian are impacted by Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check blood glucose with finger sticks to ensure accuracy.
    • Check your blood sugar extra times throughout the day and night. Generally, every 2-3 hours. If you are using a CGM, monitor it more frequently throughout the day.
  • Wash your hands and clean your injection/infusion and finger-stick sites with soap and water or rubbing alcohol before and after each blood sugar check and injection.

Be aware that Medicare expanded its coverage. Individuals may be able to receive some health care in their homes.

Contact: Lourdes Olivas, M.A.
Extension Associate II
loumunoz@nmsu.edu