Here’s How Diabetics Can Beat the Summer Heat


Here’s How Diabetics Can Beat the Summer Heat

Tips To Manage Diabetes in Summer

Summers in India are unbearable for most of us. The soaring mercury levels force people to seek new ways to beat the heat. A sudden rise in temperature increases the risks of dehydration and heatstroke. So, it is essential to have foods and drinks that have cooling effects on the body. 

Don’t we relish having ice creams, mango shakes and cold drinks in summer? We do. 

However, there are millions of diabetics who can never forgo their strict diet plans and timely health care, even in scorching weather. So, how do they manage themselves? 

We will tell you how diabetes can be managed in the summer: 

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Drinking water is the easiest way to stay hydrated without raising blood glucose levels. Normally, diabetics are more prone to dehydration. Drinking adequate water also flushes out toxins and excess sugar from the body. Other options for diabetics include body-cooling fruits, herbal tea, green tea or black tea. Do not add sugar or any sweetener. You can consume melons, cucumbers, oranges and other cooling fruits for body. 

Stay Active

Regular exercises should not be skipped. This is essential in order to keep the blood sugar level in control. Even if you are unable to go outdoors, make sure you do some light exercises and keep yourself physically active. Do not expose yourself to the hot sun; instead, you can do yoga at home and reap its numerous health benefits. However, make sure you do exercises in moderation without exerting yourself. 

Monitor Sugar Levels

You no longer need to visit any diagnostic labs to monitor sugar levels. With the help of a glucose monitoring device, you can track your sugar levels at regular intervals. This will enable you to seek proper medical care. Set up a daily schedule to monitor your glucose levels. Remember to test your sugar level before mealtime. 

Have Fruits and Salads

Do you know which fruit heats your body? Heat-producing foods, like ginger, garlic, and papaya, increase the body's temperature. Consume fruits that are low in sugar content. While certain fruits like mangoes and bananas must be strictly avoided, there are plenty of fruits such as papaya, guava and watermelon that people with diabetes can have. Also, avoid heating vegetables for the body, like carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, beetroot, etc. In addition, you should include healthy salads in your diet, such as cucumber, spinach, radish, etc. That makes for a great evening-time snack. By avoiding heat-producing fruits for the body, your body is also replenished with the required nutrients. 

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Ensure Foot Care

High levels of blood sugar can result in foot problems. Regular foot care is highly necessary for diabetics. Sweaty feet in hot and humid weather can give rise to various infections. Hence, wearing comfortable footwear and loose cotton clothes is recommended for people with diabetes. Avoid walking barefoot in order to prevent the risks of injury. 

If you have diabetes, make sure you protect yourself from the scorching sun by staying indoors. If you are taking medications, ensure that you take them in a timely manner and maintain a stock of vital medicines for diabetes. 

Do not be worried about expensive medical treatment. Opt for Health Insurance for Diabetes today. ‘Care Freedom’ by Care Health Insurance is a health policy for diabetics with numerous features and a cashless facility at 11400+ network hospitals across India.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. Kindly consult your general physician for verified medical advice. The health insurance benefits are subject to policy terms and conditions. Refer to your policy documents for more information.

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