Can diabetes make cold symptoms worse?

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2008. Three times in the last two winters I thought I was getting the flu, but my flu-like symptoms passed in 24 hours or less. I had never had a 100+ degree fever and body aches without having the flu before these three times. Is it possible that diabetes is making my cold symptoms worse, or do you think it's just a coincidence? Or do you think maybe I have had the flu once or twice and just fought it off quickly?

Written By Nurse007

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  • Sissy March 10, 2009, 2:32 pm

    Every thing can be made worse because of your diabetes. When you get sick (and your a diabetic) your blood sugar gets messed up. If it goes up you can feel worse, you can even become more nauseated. When you become dehydrated, and you will if you can't keep liquids down or you urinate alot and your blood sugar is up your body will ache. Then on the other side if your blood sugar drops you will feel bad as well. It could be a coincidence, but I know when I get sick it seems worse, and I've been a diabetic for 27 years. When you are sick make sure you keep a close check on your blood sugar and your keatones (they have strips to check your urine for keatones). If you have keatones contact your doctor or go see one immediately.