Acute Intercurrent Illness

As with any adult with diabetes who becomes ill, older people should be encouraged to take regular carbohydrate and sufficient drinks while continuing their medication. As their appetite may be reduced, small frequent drinks may be more tolerable and acceptable. Older people should be advised to prepare for illness by keeping suitable foods stored for such an eventuality, e.g. long-life or dried milk, tinned milk puddings, fortified drinks, tinned and dried foods, UHT fruit juice, porridge oats or other cereals, etc.

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