The rainy season brings with it infections that affect almost everyone. As the weather changes, it increases the risk for patients suffering from diabetes. Temperature fluctuations, pollution and water contamination jointly contribute to the spread of water-borne diseases.
According to a leading diabetologist Dr. Pradeep Gadge, “What’s even worse is the fact that during this time of the year, intestinal functions, as well as the digestive system becomes weak resulting in low metabolism and increased fat storage.”
Diabetics should avoid getting drenched in the rain. But if they are compelled to head outdoors due to work or other reasons then they should adhere to these guidelines:
- Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Infection and bacteria multiply at an alarming rate especially during rainy season when the surroundings are already polluted, dirty and contaminated. Stay away from mosquito-infested areas and avoid walking through puddles of water.
- Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently. Shower with warm water. Use an antiseptic soap & hand wash to clean your hands.
- While it is always healthier to eat home-cooked food, it is especially recommended during monsoons. This way, you can be sure of hygiene, quality and the nutritional value of your food. In fact, sticking to home-cooked food cuts down your risk of contracting infections or diseases. So, avoid eating outside as much as possible.
- Avoid raw foods and make sure to steam it before eating during the rainy season.
- With the temperatures dropping as compared to summer, we don’t find ourselves getting thirsty as often and can easily forget to drink water. However, this could lead to dehydration, urinary infections and constipation. For the best maintenance of your overall health, make sure you drink enough water. 10-14 glasses in a day is recommended.
- Make sure you wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. During monsoons, these are more likely to be infested by worms.
- Carry an extra pair of clothing and footwear. It is important to keep the feet absolutely clean and dry to avoid any infection.
- 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.
- Make sure your footwear is of a comfortable material which doesn’t trouble your skin. Even the smallest open wounds are sites for further infections. Also, opt for an open pair which doesn’t trap any water or keep your feet moist. If you’re looking for the perfect footwear, start with diabetes care socks.
- Avoid walking barefoot and avoid going long distances in slippers or open footwear.
- Take care of your toenails. Infection in toenails is very common in the rainy season.
As a diabetic, you must take extra care of health to be safe. Follow the tips mentioned above to ensure that diabetes doesn’t restrict you from living to the fullest.