Finally summer is here that means so much fun so don’t let diabetes stop you from enjoying summer and that comes from taking good care of your self during summer hot days .
Because of the heat generated by the earth , temperature is increasing every day so here are some tips that you should follow to stay away from troubles :
- First is as much as possible stay away from dehydration :
As a result of the extreme heat of summer which leads to excessive sweating that makes you keep losing fluids from your body and it will give you many symptoms like dry mouth which is a dangerous symptom of dehydration .
Researches say that if the diabetic did not get enough water and fluids . you will keep losing till the amount of water in blood start decreasing and that will make your body produce “Ketones”
always when you feel any thirst or dehydration drink a large amount of water specially if you are working or excersising out always carry a bottle of water with you so you can keep hydrating .(try to avoid the high sugar drinks and alcohol ).
2. Check your blood sugar often :
this is actually not just a summer tip we should check blood sugars no matter if it is summer,winter,spring and even autumn .
If you felt like any of these symptoms call your doctor/nurse/diabetes or any one that can help you :
- Excessive sweating
- Any cramps or pain in your muscles
- increasing the rate of heart beat
Take good care of your SKIN
- Take a proper bath at least twice a day. Bathing using antiseptic lotion will prevent bacterial growth on your body.
- Wear light-weight, cotton clothes . Avoid synthetic clothes altogether.
- Always use a sunscreen whenever going out. Sunburns result in rising blood sugar level.
Caring your feet
Most of people with diabetes suffer from foot injury and infection or ulceration as they have a poor control on blood sugar levels
- Check your feet everyday if you see any infections cuts or anything not normal call your doctor immediately .
- keep your feet clean wash and dry them
- wear cotton socks during summers. Avoid synthetic material as much as possible.
- if you are going on vacation avoid walking barefooted
- protect your feet from any cuts and sores
Always remember Having diabetes doesn’t mean you CAN’T enjoy your life . live and enjoy every single moment and don’t let it disturb you .
WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY SUMMER AND GOOD DIABETES CONTROL
SMILE AND BE A HAPPY DIABETIC :D
One day one of my friends asked me about a cure for diabetes like why there isn’t any solutions for diabetes :
First i want to talk about type one diabetes treatment which in “INSULIN” : Insulin is not a cure it is just a life support . If we stopped taking insulin by Injection or insulin pumps our bodies won’t be able to survive because insulin is like a key that open the cells to let the glucose enter into the cells to produce the energy we need everyday .
Until the day that a cure will be found and that will happen one day doctors and scientists all over the world are working hard to solve the problem of a millions of people all around the world we have to keep ourselves as healthy as possible we need to fight it and lead that disease down don’t let it destroy you no matter if you have type one or two One day there will be a cure and our problem will end keep fighting it is hard some days you win other days diabetes win but it’s okay don’t try to be perfect there is no PERFECTION in the world only god is perfect just do your best and everything will be fine .
MY DEAR DIABETIC MY ADVICE TO YOU TODAY IS
SMILE :) Because i am sure it looks good on you .
WE ARE ALL TOGETHER STAY STRONG DIABETIC .
Why do i love diabetes
diabetes is a disease needs so many hard working and as diabetics we passed through a very hard times but anything in life has its own bright side
first let’s take a look about how life would be without diabetes for me i was diagnosed on age thirteen but i don’t remember my life without diabetes i feel like i had it for my whole life
Life without diabetes
- No insulin pens , syringes (no injection many times a day)
- No pumps annoying alarms and infusion sets for diabetics on pumps
- No pricking finger
- No carb counting
- No thinking about everything you do and does it affect your BG
YES actually this is fantastic
but back to the real diabetes also has a bright side for me
without diabetes i would not be able to meet my diabetic friends and i love them a lot
without Diabetes i would not be able to discover how much strong i can be
with diabetes my dreams are bigger
without Diabetes i would not be writing this blog post now so when i think about it
I AM A BETTER PERSON WITH DIABETES :)
diabetes is a part of me and my life
It is a challenge everyday
It makes me stronger everyday
and when i work hard and make my dreams come true i will be much happier than a person without diabetes because i face this struggle and even with it i worked hard and acheived what i deserve .
do not let diabetes lead you down it is YOUR CHALLENGE
do not feel sorry for yourself and spend your life by saying WHY ME !!
i have 3 advices to you
1- Be optimistic and look at the bright side of everything
2-Do your best
3-Smile every morning you wake up is a new begining new chance to be a better person.
first i wanna let you know that i am not a doctor or a dietitian i am talking from my personal experience counting carbs is an everyday routine for people with diabetes (talk to your doctor or diabetes educator to know the right amount of carbs you need every meal)
from the thing i hear from people around me is (YOU HAVE DIABETES YOU CAN NOT HAVE SUGAR ) i wanna let you know that i can have carbs and sugar just like you but the only difference is you make your own insulin and me take it by shots because my body can’t make insulin . half of insulin we take in our body is used to balance carbohydrates in our body . the amount of carbohydrates you eat every meal depends on your blood sugar and how much insulin you take.
every 15 g of carbs = 1 carbs choice
3 to 4 choices (45 – 60 g carbs ) = 1 meal
1 to 2 choices (15 – 30 g carbs ) = 1 snack
NOW LET’S LEARN HOW TO DO THAT ? (at first you will find it boring,hard and confusing but you will see how much you will be able to control your blood sugar numbers )
- first look at the food label
- make sure from the serving size
- find the carbs for 1 serving
- count the right amount of carbs for your meal
and that is it :)
Well if you are a diabetic this is your everyday life and no matter how much you care you have to deal with it because there are so many things that affect your blood sugar not just your diet
HIGHS AND LOWS
and we will describe each one of them
- HIGH Blood sugar (HYPERGLYCEMIA)
High blood sugar develops when there is too much sugar in the blood and there are 2 types of hyperglycemia for a person with diabetes
- Fasting hyperglycemia is defined as a blood sugar greater than 130 mg/dL after fasting for at least 8 hours.
- Postprandial or after-meal hyperglycemia is defined as a blood sugar usually greater than 180 mg/dL. In people without diabetes postprandial or post-meal sugars rarely go over 140 mg/dL. However, occasionally after a large meal, a 1-2 hour post-meal sugar level can reach 180 mg/dL. Consistently elevated high post-meal blood sugar levels can be an indicator that a person has or is at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
and when a person with diabetes has a high blood sugar for a long time that Inevitably will lead to ketones which can lead to diabetes coma (read about ketones in our blog : https://happydiabetics.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/what-is-ketoacidosis-or-ketones/#respond )
and high blood sugar for long time will raise your A1c as well (read about what is HbA1c in our blog : https://happydiabetics.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/what-is-hba1c-or-a1c/ )
so what to do when you have a high blood sugar?
first you need to look for the reasons like :
- check your insulin (if you forget to take your insulin or your insulin could be expired date )
- any bubbles in your insulin pen or syringe
- if you are using a pump make sure from your infusion set and tubing )
- check for ketones
try to fix the problem and if your blood sugar stayed high you should call your doctor or go to hospital .
WHY THAT COULD HAPPEN
Hyperglycemia in diabetes may be caused by:
- Skipping or forgetting your insulin or glucose lowering medicine Eating too many grams of carbohydrates for the amount of insulin administered or just eating too many grams of carbohydrates in general
- Increased stress
- Decreased activity or exercising less than usual
- Strenuous physical activity
WHAT IS THE WARNING SYMPTOMS THAT MY BLOOD SUGAR IS HIGH ?
Early signs of hyperglycemia in diabetes may include:
- Increased thirst
- Difficulty concentrating
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Weight loss
- Blood sugar more than 180 mg/dL
what about low blood sugar ?
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia ) develops when there is not enough sugar (glucose) in your body to be used as fuel for cells .
Most people feel symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood sugar is 70 mg/dL or lower.
Each person with diabetes may have different symptoms of hypoglycemia. You will learn to recognize yours.
Early symptoms of hypoglycemia may include:
- Feeling shaky
- Pounding heart; racing pulse
- Pale skin
Without treatment, more severe hypoglycemia symptoms may develop, including:
- Feeling irritable
- Poor coordination
- Poor concentration
- Numbness in mouth and tongue
- Passing out
- Nightmares or bad dreams
so when you get any of these symptoms
first check your blood sugar if you are low less than 80 mg/dl drink juice or glucose tablets or anything with carbs
As a diabetic tress, both physical and mental, can send your blood sugar out of whack.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), stress—physical, emotional or lifestyle—influences your blood glucose levels in two ways. It may prevent you from taking proper care of yourself, such as drinking too much, not being physically active, or forgetting to monitor your blood glucose levels or take insulin injections.
How stress can affect your blood sugar ?
when you are stressed your body produce many hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol which no doubt will affect your blood sugar .these hormones normally make your body respond to the fight or the argument by releasing (energy , fat , and of course glucose ) into your cells . and the result is fluctuating your blood sugar and ketones levels . and sometimes stress can make your insulin less effective, which further limits your body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels.
7 Ways to Manage Stress and Diabetes
1. Set goals. always write down what you want to do and start working on it because you deserve a better life
2. Identify situations that cause stress in your life. try to look for the reasons and that will help you to know what you want and need.
3. Ask for help you will find so many people like your family friends want you to be happy
4. Exercise more. During exercise your body releases a host of feel-good hormones – endorphins and serotonin. These hormones improve your ability to cope with diabetes, make your body more efficient, and help you to relax.
5. Practice daily relaxation. Learn meditation techniques you can do at home (such as deep breathing for 10 minutes, three times a day), or join yoga or tai chi classes.
6. Eat a healthier diet. Some foods can exacerbate stress, such as sugar and caffeine, so try to eliminate or limit them. Plus, better nutrition naturally helps to control your blood glucose levels.
7. Find creative solutions to managing your diabetes. If stress occurs because you can’t remember to take your diabetes medications, buy a watch with an alarm to prompt you. If your weight is the problem and you can’t stick to a diet or exercise regimen, sign up for a weight-loss program and hire a fitness coach.
together for a better life with diabetes
If you need help or having any problem you can contact me on my twitter account https://twitter.com/Danya_dede