Swine flu (H1N1 influenza) and diabetes

Dr. Bill Quick Health Pro
  • The news reports about the H1N1 influenza pandemic (popularly known as "swine flu") keep coming, but one aspect of the story is constant: although the majority of the cases are mild, the H1N1 influenza virus is occasionally a killer.   This morning's news report is that the first doses of the vac...

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Published On: September 14, 2009
7 Comments
  • Anonymous
    joy
    Nov. 16, 2009

    I am a type 2 diabetic and I have the H1N1 virus.  I also have an allergy to eggs, so I am unable to get the H1N1 or the flu shot.  What risk am I at?  I do not smoke, my sugars have been mostly under control.

    • Dr. Bill Quick
      Health Pro
      Nov. 16, 2009

      Probably your risk isn't too high -- depends somewhat on your age, and definitely increases if you are pregnant.

       

      Speak to your physician about whether you should have (1) a prescription for Tamiflu ready to take to a pharmacy or (2) actual Tamiflu pills in your medicine cabinet ready to use. (And of course, what "ready to use" means -- either specific...

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      Probably your risk isn't too high -- depends somewhat on your age, and definitely increases if you are pregnant.

       

      Speak to your physician about whether you should have (1) a prescription for Tamiflu ready to take to a pharmacy or (2) actual Tamiflu pills in your medicine cabinet ready to use. (And of course, what "ready to use" means -- either specific symptoms that would trigger you using it, or getting a phone call authorization from the doctor's office...)

       

      Hope this helps.

  • beau
    Sep. 16, 2009

    Does having type II diabetes by itself increase the odds of death due to swine flu or do underlying health problems create the high-risk factor? If a type II person exercises, follows a healthy diet and doesn't have high-risk health problems is the danger of swine flu reduced to a more normal level?

    • Dr. Bill Quick
      Health Pro
      Sep. 16, 2009

      I think it's the out-of-control issues that cause the increased risk for people with diabetes when they get the swine flu.

       

      And, as I point out, even those of us with excellent control can have our control screwed up by acute illness, if we get disoriented and dehydrated.

       

  • Anonymous
    beau
    Sep. 16, 2009

    Is the article about typeI and typeII or only type I only? Does a diabetic have a greater risk than the general population or does the health status of the diabetic act as the determining factor in the threat? Give us more info, please.

    • Dr. Bill Quick
      Health Pro
      Sep. 16, 2009

      I haven't seen anything about whether the H1N1 - diabetes info is specific to either T1DM or T2DM, so I assume it applies to both.

      Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 15, 2009

    I was very glad to read this information as I am a type 2 on meds. I always get my flu shot every year and when I go to my doctor this week I am definetly going to talk to her about the H1N1. I want to be as safe as possible because I have other medical problems also.