Healthy living: Diabetic winter care suggestion

“The pandemic’s recurring waves have redirected critical health resources to address a single impending danger.” As a result, other major illnesses, such as diabetes, which, according to the International Diabetes Federation, affect over 537 million individuals worldwide, are being overlooked. So much so that our attention to diabetes management has weakened to a greater extent, and many patients are compensating Covid fatigue with unhealthy lifestyle practices,” say Dr. Banshi Saboo, Chairman Diacare Diabetes Hormone Clinic Ahmedabad, Secretary Diabetes India, and Dr. Amit Gupta, Director Centre for Diabetes Care, Greater Noida, and Joint Secretary Diabetes India.

According to the expert, India is on its way to becoming the world’s diabetes capital, with 74 million or more diabetes sufferers. “According to the National Family Health Survey-5, 17.1% of the adult Indian population suffers from excessive blood sugar levels and requires medication to regulate them.” “The prevalent noncommunicable illness is a lifestyle condition in which the human body’s blood glucose rises due to its inability to manufacture or use insulin appropriately,” they explain.

Diabetes patients, pandemic or not, should exercise extreme caution throughout the winter season.

Wintertime presents a number of challenges for diabetes patients

In the winter, when the temperature drops, blood glucose levels (HbA1C, i.e. three-month average blood sugar levels and random blood sugar levels) tend to rise. During the winter, the consumption of comfort foods (high in carbs and sugar) rises, causing blood sugar levels to rise.

Furthermore, because people do not feel thirsty throughout the winter, their fluid consumption falls dramatically. As a result, blood sugar levels in the body rise, and urine frequency increases, leading to greater dehydration,” they say.

What are diabetics people supposed to do?

As winter is a time for blood sugar patients to take special care of their health, Dr Saboo and Dr Gupta recommend the following tips:


Regularly check blood sugar levels: People with diabetes should measure their blood sugar levels on a regular basis, and it is a good idea to keep a glucometer on hand. Periodically check your fasting, postprandial, and random blood sugar levels. Utilize new applications and devices, such as the smartphone-connected BeatO Curv glucometer and other monitoring devices, such as the Abbott FreeStyle Libre continuous monitoring glucometer, to help you record and maintain readings so that you can consult your physician with those records when necessary.

Observe your feet: It is anticipated that 10 to 15% of persons with uncontrolled diabetes may need to see a doctor due to a foot ulcer or infection, which can grow serious and necessitate amputation. As a result, diabetics must pay attention to their feet by wearing socks and well-padded shoes and providing essential attention to their feet. In addition, because of the low humidity in cold weather, the skin becomes drier and more prone to cracks and infections. To keep dry skin at bay, use a moisturizer.

Hydration: It is critical for everyone, but especially for diabetic patients, to stay hydrated. If people spend a lot of time indoors in a warm atmosphere owing to indoor heaters, it is even more vital to drink water since the indoor heaters suck the humidity out of the air, which can cause body temperature fluctuations.

Exercise: Due to a lack of outdoor activities, our lives have grown increasingly sedentary, especially during the epidemic. This can have a negative impact on blood sugar management and long-term sugar control. As a result, it is becoming increasingly vital for patients with lifestyle disorders to engage in 30 minutes of free-hand exercises, stretching, or any sports activity, even in an indoor setting, or to practice yoga. Physical activity diminishes considerably more during the winter, making it even more necessary to exercise.

Diet: The sedentary, indoor lifestyle of these COVID times has resulted in binge eating or excessive snacking. Portion control and adhering to a rigorous food routine are vital for diabetes management. Include seasonal vegetables and fruits, which keep the body warm and provide essential nutrients. Carrots, beets, fenugreek leaves, and spinach are among vegetables that can supply the necessary energy while also aiding in the maintenance of blood vessels and maintaining proper blood flow.

In Conclusion

In India, it is customary to consume seasonal sweets, particularly those prepared with jaggery, throughout the winter season. It is critical to understand that the sugar content of jaggery is nearly identical to that of white sugar. Sugar surges can occur on a regular or seasonal basis, disrupting overall metabolic regulation.

“Managing diabetes isn’t that difficult. “We can guarantee that it never becomes a serious difficulty during winters or beyond by being a little more vigilant about our health, adopting a healthy lifestyle, routinely testing our blood sugar, and taking medications as prescribed by our physician,” they add.

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