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Saturday 17 December 2011

Flu and Its Conditions

People with certain medical conditions are at risk of flu complications. Do you suffer from diabetes, asthma, heart disease or a weakened immune system? If so, learn more about how you can protect yourself from influenza and what to do if you get the flu.

Flu and diabetes

In case of diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, you are at increased risk of influenza complications and acute infection. For complications from influenza is defined as a hospitalization, pneumonia, respiratory distress or even death.

The flu can have several effects on your body if you suffer from diabetes:
  •     the intensity of your influenza infection may increase due to the action of diabetes on your immune system;
  •     fluctuations in your blood sugar may occur. Sometimes when you do not feel well, you do not want to eat, and it can cause a rise and a drop of your blood sugar. And the flu can increase your blood sugar.
People with diabetes are not the only high risk of influenza complications and acute infection. People with asthma, heart disease, weakened immune systems and many others suffering from chronic medical conditions are also at risk. Are you at risk of flu complications?

You can take a few provisions to protect yourself from the flu:
  •    wash your hands the right way (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) and frequently;
  •     avoid places where there are lots of people, and stay home if you think you have the flu;
  •     cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow (not your hand!)
  •     eat healthy foods and practice regular physical exercise to strengthen your immune system;
  •     Get vaccinated. Your doctor may recommend yearly influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine;
  •     control your diabetes. Take your medicine, monitor your blood sugar and follow the treatment plan recommended by your health care provider.
If you get the flu anyway, it is essential to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you notice the first signs of flu symptoms. Do not wait until your symptoms worse. People with diabetes should schedule an appointment with their doctor immediately so that we can begin treatment. Early treatment with antiviral medication can help to reduce the risk of influenza complications. Talk to your doctor taking advantage of the Guide for the discussion with the doctor.

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