Managing your diabetes in cold weather
The cold can be hard on diabetics, but being smart and planning ahead can keep you healthy.
It may become more challenging for you to manage diabetes in cold weather. Here are some tips to stay healthy during the winter months and keep your diabetes under control.
It is important to keep your diabetes supplies away from cold temparatures since extreme cold can affect some of your medication such as insulin. It can also affect your glucose monitor as well. Do not leave your supplies in the car and take them with you.
Winter does not only bring cold weather, but the flue season and common colds as well. Do your best to avoid getting sick because illness can affect your apetite and can cause you stress, which can affect your blood sugar levels. You can avoid getting sick by taking preventive measures such as washing your hands properly and getting vaccinated againsit the flu. Stock your pantry with remedy foods in case you need them such as soups, cold medication, or anything that can make you feel better when sick.
During winter, many people tend to become less active, which can cause putting on some pounds. Try to avoid that by avoiding foods high in fat and carbohydrates- the foods usually served during the holidays, and make sure you eat your non-starchy vegetables and mainting exercising to control your weight and blood glucose levels. If it’s too cold to exercise outdoors, escersice indoors by walking, taking the stairs, or even lifting weights.
Do not forget taking care of your feet. Protect your feet from wet weather and snow and keep them warm. Apply moisturizer and avoid direct heat to your feet to prevent excess dryness. If Lastly, stay warm this season by keeping your hands warm. It is important to warm up your hands before taking your glucose reading.
To find out more about health and nutrition programs, visit the Michigan State University Extension website.