Diabetes Tips: Don’t Let Summer get you Off Track
diabetes can be different in the summer. Here are some things to keep in mind:
getting a sunburn.
Sunburn puts you at higher risk of infection. It also can create a spike in
blood sugar levels, because your body is trying to recuperate from the burn.
out whether your medications make you especially sensitive to sunlight.
Some common diabetes medications--glyburide, lipizide, tolbutamide, tolazamide—can
make it even easier for your skin to burn in the sun. If you take any of these
medications, be especially careful when you’re outside. Wear hats, use
sunscreen, try to stay in the shade. In other words, do whatever you can to
avoid the sun.
Even on the beach, it’s best to wear some kind of shoe instead of going
barefoot. The risk of getting an infection is too high. Well-fitting water shoes
may be a good option.
scratch the bites.
Your best efforts at using mosquito repellant may still not be enough to keep
you bite-free. Try not to scratch any bites you get. Sometimes, if you avoid
scratching completely, the bite is very mild. But if you can’t keep you
fingers away, consider covering any bites with a bandage, because scratching can
lead to infection.
sure your picnic food is safe.
If food has been sitting out for a while, it’s a good idea not to eat it. The
last thing you want is to get sick from food that’s gone bad.
Remember that insulin can become less effective if it’s exposed to extreme
heat. If you like to be outside a lot, consider buying an insulated case for
let the heat keep you from exercising.
If it’s a hot, muggy summer, it can be tempting to give up on your exercise
routine. Do whatever it takes to keep yourself active. Swim if you have access
to a pool. Try to do outdoor exercise in the early morning, before it’s so
hot. Consider buying a piece of equipment that you’ll use inside, such as an
Diabetes Forecast, August 2003; Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission; The National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Disorders.