With the advent of the lockdown, our lives are undergoing dramatic changes. We are reassessing our lives and lifestyle and are adapting to this “new normal.” This also means that we need to figure out ways to take care of ourselves and remain healthy during the times when we don’t have access to constant medical care.
Those with chronic health issues will find it hard during this time to manage their conditions. Conditions like diabetes will require patients to revisit every aspect of their lifestyle and pay special attention to making healthier choices at every step which will help them keep their blood sugar levels under control. We have brought together some easy to follow steps that will help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels during this period of lockdown-
Stock up on meds and testing kits- Ensure that you have your diabetes medication and testing strips for your glucometer for at least a month. This way you won’t have to step out and break social distancing. Additionally, if you need to consult with your doctor, make sure that you do so, through online consulting. Your doctor can easily guide you over the phone about steps and precautions that you need to take to manage your diabetes better.
Monitor blood sugar levels– Measurement is the key to management. Routine monitoring blood sugar levels as recommended by your doctor will give you a clear picture of where you stand and how effectively you are managing your blood sugar levels. Consult online with your diabetologist and know about how often you should check your blood sugar levels.
Count your carbs- Consuming excessive amounts of carbohydrates can throw off insulin function and cause your blood sugar levels to rise. Maintain a consistent diet chart with nutritional information. You can even consult online with your doctor or dietitian to get a diet plan that you can follow during the lockdown.
Focus on eating fibres- Fibers slow down the process of carb digestion and the rate at which sugar is absorbed. For these reasons, it promotes a slower rise in blood sugar levels. A high-fibre diet is especially important for those with type-1 diabetes. Fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are healthy food options.
Choose foods with low glycemic index– Foods with low glycemic index help in lowering blood sugar levels in the long run and are beneficial for both type-1 and type-2 diabetes. Examples of such foods include- seafood, legumes, sweet potatoes, corn, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables like bean sprouts, carrots, and salad greens.
Exercise regularly- Exercising regularly not only helps with maintaining body weight but also improves insulin sensitivity. It puts the muscles to work thereby utilizing the blood sugar for energy. Lifting weights, jogging, brisk walking, swimming, and cardio are all excellent choices for establishing a workout routine.
Drink sufficient water- Staying hydrated is vital in maintaining blood sugar levels at healthy levels. A good way to ensure that you drink enough water is to set an alarm or a reminder which can remind you to have a glass of water.
Manage your stress levels– Stress hormones cause blood sugar levels to rise. Stress-busting methods like exercising, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, and others help in the maintenance of optimum blood sugar levels.
Chronic conditions like diabetes require continuous management and active changes in lifestyle. However, if you need help with managing your diabetes, doctors are available for online consultation who can guide you better with your lifestyle and suggest management techniques.
While we may be separated by distance, now is the time for us to come together in good health and safety practices. We need to put our differences aside and help each other in staying healthy. India, Khayal Rakhna.
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