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Emergency Kit for People with Diabetes

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Emergency Kit for People with Diabetes

By Nina Nazor

You should have an emergency tool kit at hand with some items you could need if you are sick or in an emergency. Some of those items are the following:

•  Your Diabetes Care Team telephone numbers
•  Antidiarrheal medications
•  Tylenol or Advil
•  Cough syrup (sugar free)
•  Cold medications
•  Antacids
•  Strips or tablets to measure ketones
•  If you use insulin, rapid acting insulin like Humalog or Novolog with syringes
•  Blood glucose monitoring supplies with new batteries

Read the label before you purchase or use any over-the-counter medication. If there is a warning that people with diabetes should check with their doctors before using the product, do so.

Also, look for the inactive ingredients to make sure the medication does not contain sugar, corn syrup or any other source of carbohydrates.

Try to have one of these kits at home and also at work or school. And also remember to include glucose gel or tablets.