Managing Diabetes In Winter
Winter may not be pleasant for those with diabetes. There is a lot of things that diabetics must actively keep an account of including diet, lifestyle, exercise regime, and medicines, which effect their quality of life. The drop in temperature can make things worse for them. When it’s chilly cold, one may find it difficult to stick to their diabetes diet and an exercise plan. This can increase their blood glucose levels, putting their health at risk. For those with diabetes, catching a cold or the flu may have serious health impact later on. They are also more likely to develop flu and pneumonia faster than the those without the condition. Winter blues can also raise their blood sugar levels. Hence, as season changes, diabetes management also requires certain modifications to better control your blood sugars.
Dr. Mahesh Chavan, Consultant Endocrinology, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, explains how winter affects diabetes as well as shares certain things that people with diabetes need to follow to keep their blood sugar under control and prevent worsening of their symptoms.