The monsoon season brings with it a number of infections that can affect anyone. But for diabetics, it is an even bigger concern. Monsoon season tends to compromise one’s immune system and not taking proper care of oneself can cause the growth of bacteria and fungi.
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 like 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 the 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 the 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. Also, make sure to wash your 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 conditions.
Diabetes can often lead to Diabetic Neuropathy, a condition that damages your feet nerves. For many people, the first and foremost symptom is pain and tingling in the feet, legs, arms, and hands. Gradually, as more nerves are damaged, the symptoms can become more severe. You can get yourself tested to avoid long-term risks of diabetes.
Avoid Getting Wet
Avoid getting drenched in the rain and wear sunglasses whenever stepping out. Dry your clothes in the sun and make sure there are 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.
Long-term diabetes can damage your eyes and lead to diabetic retinopathy. Get your eyes tested. Early detection and treatment can save you from blindness.
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 track of your blood sugar levels anytime, anywhere.