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Old 09-09-2017, 11:09 AM
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Diabetes and Monsoons

Even though the rains bring the temperature to bearable levels, they may also pose as an obstacle for oneís immune system. Patients with diabetes have to be especially careful as it may cause complications to an already serious matter.
During the initial stages for patients with diabetes, they are prone to respiratory problems, some of which may be severe such as pneumonia and bronchitis. In certain cases, the rains cannot be avoided as some people will need to step out for work and other important functions that need to be attended. The rains have a tendency of spreading the flu and lowering peopleís immunity. Furthermore, patients with diabetes already have a weakened immune system as compared to people without diabetes, making them more prone to viruses. Here are few tips that people with diabetes can follow to stay healthy:
  1. Stick to home-cooked food and avoid eating out as much as possible. This is so that you minimize the risk of catching the flu or falling sick.
  2. Stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Avoid bottled and canned beverages and stick to coconut water instead. This is because bottled beverages contain lots of preservatives and additives that are capable of weakening the immune system and causing problems.
  3. Sticking to warm foods and beverages at room temperature such as soups, and ginger tea will help build up your immunity.
  4. During the monsoons, fruits and vegetables are more likely to be infested by worms and insects and hence it is better to wash them thoroughly, rather than take a chance.
  5. Plan your day in advance and take precautions. In the case that you may be out for a long day, carry some snacks from home. This is because patients with diabetes tend to feel hungry more often than those without diabetes. Furthermore, it is better not to risk going hungry or eating elsewhere and possibly falling sick.
  6. Carry an extra pair of clothes. When it comes to the rains, it is especially important to carry extra socks and shoes as getting your feet wet may lead to several complications. Wet feet may lead to the flu, or in a more severe case, gangrene.
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Keeping fit during the monsoons

Sometimes a little drizzle or a morning shower stops people from keeping on track with their daily routine. In some cases itís just used as an excuse to be lethargic in the comfort of your house, and in other cases you genuinely cannot step out into the rain without risking your health. The latter is generally the case for patients with diabetes, however, here are some tip for keeping fit during the monsoons:
  1. Schedule Do not change your workout schedule because of the monsoons. If you exercise at a particular time, ensure that you stick to it. If there are heavy rains, you can always do a few indoor exercises such as spot running, push-ups, or even dancing!
  2. Equipment Always make sure that you are well prepared for the rains. One of the things you can do to stay in shape during the rains is buying and keeping some workout equipment at home. Certain equipment such as a treadmill or a workout cycle are good investments to make, however, even buying skipping ropes, resistance bands, and attaching a pull-up bar would suffice.
  3. Stairs In case you live in a place with stairs, it is a perfect opportunity to squeeze out a quick workout by using them.
  4. Yoga Most people believe that yoga is about increasing your bodyís flexibility. While they may be correct, it is also a great way to build immunity, and reduce the risk of respiratory problems, which are common during the monsoons
  5. Core Exercises There are certain exercises that do not require any external device or tool and minimal space to perform. These exercises include push-ups, crunches, squats, lunges, dips, calf raises, etc.
  6. Household Chores Household chores are in fact, an excellent way to keep fit during the monsoons, while at the same time keep the house clean. Cleaning out the shelves, the cupboards, and sweeping the entire house is a great way to work up a good sweat.
* Please consult an expert/specialist before performing the exercise
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As a person with diabetes, you may have a great health routine that you follow every day. However, with the arrival of the holidays comes the fear of missing important parts of your routine, which result in fluctuations in your blood sugar. Here are some ways you can ward off this fear and stay on your healthy routine!
  1. Make time for exercise between your other holiday commitments. Instead of skipping gym for shopping, take a brisk walk as you shop!
  2. Be aware of the menu before you head to that popular restaurant so that you know just what to have, and what to avoid.
  3. The portion-control rule stands good during holidays as well. Savour variety dishes, but remember to control your serving sizes.
  4. Don't forget snacks and water. Make sure you stay hydrated and are ready for changes in mealtimes.
  5. It's okay to say ďno thank youĒ to offers of second helpings or refills. Donít ruin the rest of your holiday with a blood glucose level that is off the charts.
  6. Check your blood glucose more often! Holidaying alters your regular lifestyle pattern and this will reflect in your blood glucose levels. Itís best to be aware of the changes. The sooner you know if your blood glucose is off-track, the sooner you can take steps to come back on track. If required, you should consult your doctor with your readings.
Make your next holiday a memorable one. Regular monitoring of your blood glucose and checking with your doctor can allow you to have a great time during your vacation, so donít let diabetes hold you back from having it!
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Looking forward to travelling to a new destination this holiday season? As a person with diabetes, your travel plans might need a slight tweak! Here are some travel essentials to keep in mind when you travel during your vacation.
  1. Pay your doctor a visit Visiting your doctor before you take off on your holiday is a critical part of your holiday preparations. Do a health review with your doctor and also remember to ask for prescriptions and a doctor's letter, as you may not get your medication over the counter!
  2. Packing tips As a person with diabetes, there are some absolute must-haves that you need to take along. Your glucometer with the lancing device and testing strips, all medications and medical supplies, and insulin are just some of these.
  3. Eat right as you travel You're more likely to not find a diabetes-friendly meal while travelling, depending on your mode of travel. The best way to work around this is to pack some snacks or a meal beforehand, so that when the hunger pangs strike, you don't need to suppress the need to eat!
  4. After you get there Once you reach your destination, it is important to frequently check your blood glucose levels, as they will fluctuate owing to travel and change in daily routine. You don't want the holiday mood getting ruined by high/low blood glucose levels!
Having diabetes does not mean that you need to put a lid on the amount of fun you can have while travelling. Remember to take all precautionary measures and set yourself up for a great holiday!
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Keep blood glucose in control, even on a holiday

The thing about holidays is that they seem fun because they're a break from our daily routines! They help to break the monotony of daily life that sets in. But don't make the mistake of thinking that the same is true for your health! As a person with diabetes, your blood glucose levels will reflect any changes in your health pattern, and this can lead to disappointments during your holiday. Here are some ways you can stay on your daily routine and make the best of your holiday.
  • Go to bed and wake up on time Following your sleeping schedule helps your body prepare to keep up with the next day's demands, so be sure to stick to it.
  • Have a great party! Meeting up with friends, playing good music and having fun with some games are great ways to loosen up without causing an imbalance in your blood glucose levels.
  • Make smart food choices Don't hide from the food table- embrace it with controlled portion sizes. Bites that go unaccounted for can cause trouble for your later, so be wise with what you eat.
  • There's always time for exercise! No, don't cancel plans to make it to the gym. But be sure to find time around those activities and reach your daily fitness goal.
  • Most importantly, monitor your blood glucose regularly Check frequently and on a daily basis. This is a great way to know just how well you are doing, and what steps you would need to take in case your blood sugar is thrown off balance.
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