Winter is here and the extremities of the climate can cause your blood sugar levels to rise. If you are a diabetic patient, this is the time to take some additional precautions to keep your sugar levels in check. Don’t let the cold climate give you cold feet. There’s nothing to be worried about. It’s all about that little extra care you need to take.
Why does our sugar level spike during winter? Cold is an extremity our body is unused to. This may cause a stress on our body and like all sorts of stress, cold too can raise your blood sugar levels. But it is not just the cold. Winter is also the time for all the celebrations what with the Sankrantis, Ugadis, Pongals and Lohris. While it is important to resist the temptations of our sweet tooth, it also makes sense to create a diabetes management plan exclusively for winters. Here are some tips to maintain the balance of your blood sugar level this season:
- Stay away from extreme cold: Cold weather has the tendency to make blood thicker, making it vulnerable to clotting. Take special care of your feet. Buy winter footwear to keep them warm and healthy. And keep them moisturised.
- Beware of the flu: It is easy to catch flu during winter. Catching a flu often gets you stressed which leads to an increase in your blood sugar level. This winter, keep yourself healthy by wearing warm clothes and washing your hands properly before eating or touching anything. Don’t let germs get on your nerves.
- Remember your workout schedule: Winters can be tempting for those who hate exercising. But, it is crucial for diabetic patients to exercise. While any kind of physical activity out in the open might not be a good option, it is good to exercise indoors, or maybe hit a gym.
- Watch your mouth: Go for dishes that are hot and easily digestible. Watch out for alcoholic beverages as it dilates blood vessels and increases loss of body heat. It is important for diabetes patients to have the right diet.
- Drinks lots of water: Stay hydrated, both inside and outside. Cold weather makes your skin dry. Apply alcohol-free moisturisers to keep your skin moist. Drinking water might be the last thing you want to do in winter. Avoid the feeling as dehydration can lead to rise in blood glucose levels.
Irrespective of the season, it is also important to keep your glucose or other hypoglycaemia tablets handy. So this winter, keep your spirits high, not your sugar level!