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Managing Diabetes After a Viral Infection Diagnosis

Managing Diabetes After a Viral Infection Diagnosis
Managing Diabetes After a Viral Infection Diagnosis
Managing Diabetes After a Viral Infection Diagnosis

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Viral infection poses a higher risk of complications for those with diabetes or another underlying health condition. Targeted nutrition may be able to help. Diabetes management and nutritional therapy can help you achieve good glycemic control, a key component to better overall health and outcomes after a viral infection diagnosis. But first, it's crucial to understand how the two conditions intersect.

How does a viral infection impact people with diabetes?

We know that hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is associated with reduced immunity, but glucose control is important following a viral infection diagnosis.

  • The presence of hyperglycemia at admission in patients with viral infections, not just those with diabetes, may indicate worse outcomes1.

  • Practical recommendations for glucose control in viral infection patients suggest an A1c target of 7% or less2.

Managing blood sugar is key to better health outcomes, particularly for people with diabetes. 

Why is nutrition vital in diabetes management and recovery from a viral infection?

Regular diabetes management includes medical nutritional therapy, which can help you achieve good glycemic control and includes personally optimizing carbohydrate intake and improving diet quality5.

Balanced nutrition will help manage blood sugar levels, keep blood sugar within normal ranges, and provide the daily required nutrients, especially when you're ill.

Eating smaller, regular meals and focusing on a balance of macro and micronutrients can help you manage your glucose both during times of illness and every single day. Consider adding a diabetes-specific formula (DSF) to your diet if you need additional nutritional support.


Glucerna® is a diabetes-specific formula that can help you manage your blood sugar. It also provides several key nutrients and health benefits, including:

  • Slow-release carbohydrates with a low glycemic index - help minimize the effect on blood sugar levels.

  • Monounsaturated fatty acids - associated with several health benefits.

  • Prebiotics and dietary fiber - promote gastrointestinal health.

  • High-quality protein and other nutrients - for immune system support, including antioxidants (selenium and vitamins C and E), vitamin D, vitamin A, and zinc.

For people with diabetes, good nutrition is a key component of managing blood sugar following any diagnosis. Keeping your glucose in check every day is important; incorporating DSFs to fill any nutrition gaps, or replace poor meal or snack choices, may help improve your immunity and overall health.

1Hyperglycemia and the worse prognosis of a viral infection. Why a fast blood glucose control should be mandatory - Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (diabetesresearchclinicalpractice.com)

2Practical recommendations for the management of diabetes in patients with viral infection (thelancet.com)

5Nutrition Therapy for Adults With Diabetes or Prediabetes: A Consensus Report | Diabetes Care | American Diabetes Association (diabetesjournals.org)

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