The 4 Seasons of Diabetes Care
Each of the 4 seasons brings with it unique ways to manage your diabetes and keep yourself healthy.
Winter can be a challenging time.
It all starts with the end of the year before. All of the holiday celebrations can make it difficult to stick to your diabetes care plan. In fact, a study of more 3000 adults with diabetes found that A1C levels were at their highest in the month of January. How can you stay in control?
- Eat a healthy snack before leaving for the party. You may be less tempted to overeat if you aren’t starving when you get there
- Bring a healthy dish to the party that you can also share. Get tasty and healthy recipe ideas here.
- You will want to check with your health care provider before drinking alcohol. It can cause low blood sugar, which can be worse in people with diabetes who take insulin
With spring comes the possibility of more outdoor activities.
That’s good news since physical activity can help you to reduce stress, lose weight, and control your blood sugar. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Day-to-day activities count as being active. Walking the dog, climbing the stairs, mowing the lawn, gardening, bike riding, and even vacuuming can be great ways to stay active. Or try something new, like Pilates
Want other low-impact activities that are a little more out-of-the-box? Here are a few ideas.
Exercise caution, too. Before starting any new physical activity, talk with your diabetes care team first to make sure that it fits into your overall diabetes care plan.
Summer can be a blend of the restful and the stressful.
Here are a few things to remember to help keep you from sizzling in summer stress:
- Beware of high temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat can be especially dangerous to some people with conditions such as diabetes. The CDC recommends drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration. They also suggest that you wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. And they suggest cooling off in air conditioned buildings
- Watch your step! Walking barefoot along the beach sounds nice. But wearing shoes to protect your feet at all times is much safer. Some people with diabetes can experience numbness in their feet. You could get serious burns from hot sand and pavement without even realizing it
- Keep your insulin out of direct sunlight. For instance, leaving your insulin inside a hot car during the summer is a bad idea. Click here to learn how to properly store NovoLog® Mix 70/30 so it doesn’t get too hot
Fall comes with food challenges
From Halloween candy to pumpkin pie, how can you avoid temptation and stick to your healthy habits?
- Please don’t pass the gravy! Turkey is naturally lean, but gravy can add additional fat and calories. Skinless turkey and other lean meats can help you celebrate Thanksgiving without overdoing it
- Select fresh fruit for dessert. It’s a better choice than pies, cakes, and other desserts that are high in carbs, fat, cholesterol, and sugar
- Keep moving. Physical activity can help you handle stress. But as the days get shorter and colder, you may not want to walk in the park. Walking around the local mall may be a nice idea in the cold weather