Rainy season brings with it a number of infections that can affect anyone. But for diabetics it is an even bigger concern. The monsoons tend to compromise one’s immune system and not taking proper care of self can cause growth of bacteria and fungi.
Therefore monsoon calls for extra care if you are a diabetic.
Avoid street food:
During the initial days when the weather is still humid, the probability of catching a respiratory disease is higher. Getting wet in the rain, though may seem a lot of fun but can cause infections and itching all over the body. Diabetics should avoid outside food especially fried food from street vendors – as food in the open can increase the risk of food poisoning or other food borne illnesses such as cholera or diarrhea.
It is advisable to consume home cooked food. Also try to avoid food that has been prepared 6-8 hours before time of eating.
Drink more fluids:
The humidity and heat can lead to dehydration. Intake of more fluids can help replace the fluid loss caused due to sweating. Diabetics in particular need to consume more fluids and if water intake seems difficult try drinking some juice or coconut water to replace lost levels.
You can also drink some warm fluids if the weather gets a little cold to build immunity.
Keep your Feet Dry
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet.
During rainy season, feet tend to get wet often and can lead to bacterial infections which can get worse if left unchecked.
Keep an extra piece of cloth to wipe your feet in the rainy season and also make sure to wash feet well after exposure to the rain. And always pat them dry.Wearing socks even indoors is advisable.
Another important step is to keep checking your feet for any underlying condition.
Avoid getting wet:
Avoid getting drenched in the rain and wear sunglasses whenever stepping out. Dry your clothes in the the sun and make sure there is no bacteria which may affect you. Diabetics are at a higher risk of eye disease in the rain as any form of dust or dirt may get accumulated and later can become a bigger concern.
Apart from all this make sure you do not make the season an excuse to not exercise. Indulge in a quick workout at home.
Keep a glucometer handy at all times so that you can keep a track of your blood sugar levels anytime anywhere.