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11 Rules Diabetics Must Follow During The Monsoon

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

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.”   

If you are living with diabetes complications, for example heart disease or nerve pain (neuropathy), cold weather can make this worse for some people. The cold can raise blood pressure and put more strain on the body. It affects how the blood flows around the body and circulation to your hands and feet can slow down, which could make neuropathy more painful in these areas.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

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:

  1. Maintain a high level of personal hygiene. Infection and bacteria multiply at an alarming rate especially during the rainy season when the surroundings are already polluted, dirty and contaminated. Stay away from mosquito-infested areas and avoid walking through puddles of water.  
  2. Make it a habit to wash your hands frequently. Shower with warm water. Use an antiseptic soap & hand wash to clean your hands.
  3. While it is always healthier to eat home-cooked food, it is especially recommended during monsoons. This way, you can be sure of the hygiene, quality and 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.
  4. Avoid raw foods and make sure to steam them before eating during the rainy season.  
  5. 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. Drinking 10-14 glasses a day is recommended.
  6. Make sure you wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly. During monsoons, these are more likely to be infested by worms.
  7. Carry an extra pair of clothing and footwear. It is important to keep the feet absolutely clean and dry to avoid any infection.
  8. 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. Read more about diabetes foot care tips
  9. Make sure your footwear is of a comfortable material that doesn’t trouble your skin. Even the smallest open wounds are sites for further infections. Also, opt for an open pair that doesn’t trap any water or keep your feet moist. If you’re looking for the perfect footwear, start with diabetes care socks.
  10. Avoid walking barefoot and avoid going long distances in slippers or open footwear.
  11. Take care of your toenails. Infection in toenails is very common in the rainy season.

Blood glucose levels are more likely to be higher in the winter and spring compared to autumn and summer, and the same stands true for glycosylated hemoglobin, this might partly be responsible for the metabolism in winter, caution is always advised for routinely performing blood sugar tests to keep complications at bay.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

As a diabetic, you must take extra care of your health to be safe. Follow the tips mentioned above to ensure that diabetes doesn’t restrict you from living to the fullest.

Also Read About: Diabetes Management Tips with Dr Roshani Gadge

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