If you’re like many people, you probably look forward to the warm summer months. However, you should know that the hot weather can have more of an affect on individuals with diabetes. To help keep yourself safe this summer, make sure that you follow these basic tips.
Take Care of Your Diabetes Supplies
First of all, make sure that you take good care of your diabetes supplies. The heat can damage your blood glucose monitor and can cause your insulin and medication to spoil. If you are going to be traveling with your supplies, make sure that you keep them in a cooler.
As a diabetic, you are far more likely to become dehydrated during the hot summer months. Plus, failing to stay well-hydrated can put you at a greater risk of dry mouth, dry eyes and dry skin. A great way to combat this is to ensure that you are drinking plenty of water at all times.
When you’re out in the heat, make sure that you bring along a refillable water bottle. Along with helping to keep your skin, eyes and mouth hydrated, drinking plenty of cool water can also help prevent you from becoming overheated.
Dry skin is a real concern for diabetics, and the harsh sun can cause your skin to become even more dry than usual. Look for a good sunscreen that offers ample UV protection and that is good for moisturizing, and make sure that you apply and re-apply it throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat so that you can shield your face from the sun.
Check Your Blood Sugar Regularly
The heat can cause your blood glucose levels to soar up and down. It’s always important to keep your blood glucose monitor close by and to keep an eye on your blood sugar levels, but it’s particularly important when it’s hot outside. Plus, it can be easy to forget to check your blood sugar levels when you’re having a good time at the pool, lake or beach. Remember to bring your monitor along with you when you’re going to be out and about in the sun, and check your blood sugar levels more frequently than you normally would. Then, you can take insulin or medication if the heat causes your blood sugar levels to rise or fall.
Protect Your Eyes
It’s very important to do what you can to protect your eyes from the harsh summer rays. Wear sunglasses at all times when you’re out in the sun, and keep lubricating eye drops close at hand. Dry eyes can be a common problem for diabetics, but applying eye drops can help you achieve comfort.
As you can see, it’s completely possible to keep yourself safe during the hot summer months, even if you do have diabetes. Just make sure that you take good care of yourself, and you can enjoy the warm weather just as much as anyone else.