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Hospital Stays Longer for Diabetics

There have been many articles about people with diabetes staying in hospital longer for non diabetic related illnesses. This is due to a higher risk of infections. The latest article talks about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is quite interesting http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/192563.php.

However sometimes the hospitals and doctors can be over cautious when dealing with diabetics. I have had a couple of personal experiences with hospitals, mainly when I was pregnant.

I was in one afternoon due to the babies heartbeat being erratic, as I was only expecting to have a regular check up I didn’t plan to be there long. They gave me a large white bread roll for lunch, and I ended up giving myself a little too much insulin so needed to ask for a glass of orange. Once everyone new everything was fine with the baby they still wanted to keep me in to check my levels as I had a hypo. I explained why I had the hypo and I am better at home dealing with my diabetes. The doctor had no idea why he wanted to keep me in but I felt he didn’t know much and diabetes and he was being safe. As I new about my own health I was able to persuade him to let me home. I was more likely to get back to normal in my home environment rather then the hospital.

I think more doctors and nurses need to be aware of what diabetes is and how to treat the condition.

Until next time x