Type 2 Diabetes and Rhinisitus

Type 2 Diabetes and Rhinisitus Sufferers, Beware!

People with type 2 diabetes and rhinisitus or common cold generally have harder time controlling their condition since rhinisitus can increase the stress in the body thus adding to the difficulty of diabetes management.  A patients with diabetes knows that when they are stressed out, their blood sugar level rises and this is also true when they develop common cold because the body needs to defend itself from the virus and the heightened alert of the immune system may make your diabetes condition worse.  This happens because the body sends out hormones to fight the infection (viral) to help the body recover, however the problem is that while the hormones may assist in your recovery and help battle the cold, these same hormones makes it difficult for the body to use insulin properly putting the diabetic patient in greater danger.

If a diabetic patient is not careful when he or she has rhinisitus and the blood sugar level becomes difficult to manage, other serious medical condition may arise. For type II sufferers, patients can develop diabetic coma (Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma) and other complications when the sugar in the blood remains constantly high because of cold or other illnesses.  This is why it is important for patients to understand how special their condition is and that even a common cold should not be ignored because there is a greater chance of the rise in blood sugar level.  When a patient with type II diabetes develops rhinisitus or a common cold, it is important that the symptoms be addressed as early as possible to avoid the added stress the body may undergo when such symptoms are prolonged.  Taking common cold medications and rest and plenty of water will help a diabetic recover from a cold more quickly. It is also important to understand the importance of rest so that the bodies stress levels can be reduced.

When a cold develops, diabetics must check their blood sugar level every 3 to 4 hours to make sure that their level is within the normal or safe level.  Over the counter cold medications can be used although patients must stay away from liquid type medicines since most of these contain sugar.  Tablets or capsules are better alternatives for relieving cold symptoms and discomfort in a person with diabetes.  Type II sufferers should be aware that they need to eat the right amount of food regualarly to help in the management of their symptoms, however when a cold develops they may not feel hungry or do not have the appetite to eat regularly. This can make them more susceptible to developing high sugar blood levels.  If your cold persists for any lenght of time, we recommend that you consult your doctor to get professional advice and attention.

Type II diabetes and rhinisitus is a condition that can become a serious medical problem when not addressed properly, but with the right knowledge and information patients can avoid developing further complications brought on by common cold.  It is also important for type II diabetes sufferers to be more careful with their hygiene to avoid catching cold viruses. Please consult your doctor before embarking on any medical treatment that may affect you diabetes.