The rainy season brings with it infections that affect almost everyone. As the weather changes, it increases the risk for patients suffering from diabetes. In the past few decades, diabetes has affected a great number of people especially those leading an unhealthy lifestyle. India has the highest number of diabetes patients; approximately 5% of the Indian population is affected by diabetes.
During this season, diabetics need to pay more attention to their health to avoid the growth of fungi and bacteria. Let us tell you what you should take into account if you are a diabetic and tips to stay healthy this season:
Even a healthy person is at risk of infections during monsoon; therefore diabetic people should be more cautious during this season. Diabetic patients should avoid eating foods from street vendors— to avoid food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea. It is better to consume well-cooked homemade food. Avoid eating food that was made 6-8 hours before the time of eating.
Hot and humid weather during the monsoon might lead to dehydration, regardless of your activity level. Drinking more fluids will help replace the fluid you lose through sweating. For those suffering from diabetes should consume more fluids such as vegetable juice, coconut water, ginger tea etc. Drink warm fluids in case the weather gets a little cold after the rain to build immunity. Apart from this, you should drink plenty of water.
Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing eye diseases as increased blood sugar can lead to diabetic retinopathy. The risk of developing such infections is high as it is during this season. So avoid bathing in the rain and wear sunglasses when you go out. Dry your clothes in the sun only to makes sure your clothes no longer contain any bacteria that might affect you.
People suffering from diabetes should take special care of their feet. Feet often get wet in the rainy season, so wherever you go, keep an extra piece of clothing to wipe your feet in case this happens. It is necessary for diabetics to wash their feet after exposure to rain. Be sure to clean and dry out your shoes completely to avoid bacterial growth or fungal infections. You can also use talcum powder to keep your feet dry.
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A diabetes patient should always eat on time to keep the insulin levels in control, especially, during this uncertain weather. Keep your blood sugar levels in check throughout the day and take all necessary precautions when it comes to your diet to avoid any further complications.