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Managing Diabetes In Winter: Dos And Don'ts

An endocrinologist explains how winter affects diabetes as well as shares tips to keep your blood sugar under control when the temperature drops.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : January 24, 2023 6:31 PM IST


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.


Things Diabetics Should Do In Winter

Doing physical activity will increase blood circulation and keep you warm. Sugar levels often rise significantly due to cold, flu, etc. So, keep yourself warm to keep the illness away. Keep your feet dry and warm.


Things Diabetics Should Avoid In Winter

Cold weather affects our dietary intake. The body asks for more calories to guard against the low temperature, and we tend to eat too much “comfort food”. However, it is necessary to ensure to not overeat and stick to home-cooked meals. Cold weather equates to cold hands, making sugar testing difficult. But don’t skip doing the tests. Testing regularly helps track any highs or lows.  Also Read - Beauty Benefits Of Jojoba Oil: Hair And Skin Care Tips From Shahnaz Husain


What To Eat And Avoid In Winter

Those with diabetics should have fibre-rich foods such as leafy vegetables. Keep yourself hydrated and avoid high calorie food and fruits.