Summertime can make diabetes more difficult to manage for some people. The heat can cause many complications that exacerbate symptoms, making it even more important to be sure you are staying on top of your medications. For that we have put together some 6 summer diabetes management tips.
The heat of summer can be much more dangerous if you have diabetes. High temperatures change how your body uses insulin, meaning you will likely have to test more often, but we have some more tips that can help as well:
Summer diabetes management tip #1: Stay hydrated!
Dehydration can cause blood sugar to rise. If you don’t drink enough liquids, you will become dehydrated very quickly in the heat. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water or cool, refreshing drinks like iced tea. Slice up some lemons and limes to add a dash of flavor.
Summer diabetes management tip #2: Stay cool!
High heat and humidity can be dangerous to anybody, but more especially if you have diabetes. When the weather is hot and sticky, try to stay inside where it’s air-conditioned, or choose the shade over direct sunshine.
Summer diabetes management tip #3: Reduce physical activity!
Though staying active is an important part of managing diabetes, a lot of physical activity can be dangerous when temperatures are high. Stay inside where it’s cool during the hottest parts of the day. Choose to get your activity in the early mornings or in the evening when things have cooled off.
Summer diabetes management tip #4: Store your supplies in a cool place!
Excessive heat can have a negative effect on diabetes medications. Don’t leave your meds or your insulin in a hot car, in direct sunlight, or out in the open – keep them with you at all times, preferably in a cool dark place, to ensure they stay safe.
Summer diabetes management tip #5: Keep an emergency kit stowed safely – just in case!
If you live in a hurricane zone, you know that summertime is prone to unsettled weather patterns. Occasionally, you may be forced to evacuate or relocate to a safe place – meaning you need to make sure your medications are ready to grab and go. Prepare an emergency kit that includes at least a two-week supply of diabetes medications and all the supplies you need. Put your emergency kit in a place where you can access it quickly in case you need to go in a hurry.
Summer diabetes management tip #6: Test more often than usual!
Summertime brings with it many impromptu activities, family get-togethers, trips to the beach, foods you might not normally eat – it’s easy to forget to check your levels and it’s just as easy to miss a dose, meaning you might be putting yourself at risk. Check your levels more often during the summer, that way you can be sure you are always feeling your best for whatever may come.
So, get out there and enjoy the summer – but don’t forget these handy tips! Let us know if you need any supplies to stay healthy in the summer heat.