There is no stopping the coming of winter. The least you can do is be prepared for it. People dealing with diabetes also known as sugar tend to be the ones that are most affected by the cold. Sugar patients have to take precautions in the cold to keep their health in check.
Here are some of the tips that can help you this winter.
Keep your insulin and diabetic device away from the cold
Similar to extreme heat, extreme cold also affects your insulin. Insulin freezes at 0° Celsius and in the winters, the temperature can drop much lower than that.
It is advised to keep your insulin pump and glucose monitor away from the extreme cold since it can temper with its abilities. When you are going out in the cold make sure to wear your insulin pump closer to your body to keep it warm. You can also cover it in warm clothing. Freezing temperature breaks down insulin, which causes it to lose its effects.
Keep your immune system safe
Winter is the season of the flue and the common cold. When you get sick, it causes you to stress out which causes a rise in the BG levels (Blood glucose levels) of sugar patients. Consult your doctor if you should go for a flu shot to help you against the flu season. Make sure to wash your hand with soap from time to time so that you are affected by the germs of other people.
Your immune system is particular weaker in the winter season and you have to keep extra care of it. You can also go for Moringa powder in this season to keep your immune system strong.
Keep your Insulin Monitor with you all times
Extreme changes in temperature have a direct effect on your blood sugar levels. This is a serious problem for sugar patients. Make sure to keep an eye out for your glucose monitor and write down the trend of changes that follow. If you notice considerable changes in your blood glucose levels, consult your healthcare specialist to adjust your Basal rate.
Don’t stop exercising
While the cold weather makes you want to bundle up in bed or sit by the fire and skip your daily exercise routine, it is very important to stick to your routine. For sugar patients, exercising in the winter has added benefits since they are burning more calories in less time due to the cold. Exercise will help to keep your blood sugar levels under control and keep you warm this winter. Exercise also relaxes the mind.
It is easy to feel gloomy in the winter season. The days are short and this change affects your emotions and mood. Make sure to adopt a positive attitude towards things. One good way to do that is to get regular exercise, eat well and indulge in your interests. If you are having trouble with depression, make sure to consult a peer or your healthcare specialist for help.