Taking Care of Your Diabetes at Special Times
When You're at School or Work
Take care of your diabetes when you're at school or at work:
When You're Away From Home
These tips can help you take care of yourself when you're away from home:
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When There's an Emergency or Natural Disaster
Everyone with diabetes should be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters, such as power outages or hurricanes. Always have your disaster kit ready. Include everything you need to take care of your diabetes, such as
You also might want to include some nonperishable food, such as canned or dried food, along with bottled water.
Check and update your kit at least twice a year.
When You're Planning a Pregnancy
Keeping your blood glucose near normal before and during pregnancy helps protect both you and your baby. Even before you become pregnant, your blood glucose should be close to the normal range.
Your health care team can work with you to get your blood glucose under control before you try to get pregnant. If you're already pregnant, see your doctor right away. It's not too late to bring your blood glucose close to normal so that you'll stay healthy during the rest of your pregnancy.
Your insulin needs may change when you're pregnant. Your doctor may want you to take more insulin and check your blood glucose more often. If you take diabetes pills, you'll take insulin instead when you're pregnant.
If you plan to have a baby,
Be sure to have your eyes, heart and blood vessels, blood pressure, and kidneys checked. Your doctor should also check for nerve damage. Pregnancy can make some health problems worse.