When a person with diabetes becomes sick, not only does the sickness need to be dealt with but also the potential diabetes-related issues.
When people without diabetes get sick, such as with a cold or influenza, management is usually pretty straightforward: go to bed, keep up the fluids and see what happens. They will get better (fine), stay the same (okay) or get worse (not so good). Most will be fine or okay and those who are ‘not so good’ can contact their GP for more advice and clinical review. When a person has diabetes, not only does the sickness need to be dealt with but also the diabetes needs managing so that it does not become a problem in its own right.