18 Nov '15
Tips for Diabetic Patients as Winter Approaches
Winter Tips for DiabeticsThe winter season has come upon us again! Seasoned diabetic patients know first-hand that cold weather poses more challenges yet with a little closer attention coupled with the tips provided below, it’ll be smooth sailing to the beach next June!
So Let’s Jump right to the list!
This may be a no brainer for some yet often time’s patients will minimize testing due to the cold weather. Colder temperatures sometimes make it more difficult to test, putting the patient at risk of higher or lower blood sugars without knowing.
Regularly Check Your Blood as Prescribed
If you put off testing in the winter, try warming your hands by placing them in a warm towel for a couple minutes prior to testing.
Holidays can be such a hard time of the year for anyone in any situation to stay focused on a specific diet. Now, I’m not one to be a scrooge but, it’s important to maintain your will power during this season, for the most part. However, with that being said, chances are, you’re probably going to cheat. With this in mind, it’s important to minimize the cheating (small samples).
Stick to the Diet
If you know there will be a few days spread throughout the season where your will power just won’t withstand the kryptonite of your favorite dish, plan to step up your exercise to maintain a healthy blood glucose level.
I do hesitate to even write about cheating on your diet because some may see this as a free pass. My strongest advice would be to keep your snacking to a minimal.