5 Easy Ways to Keep a Tab on Your Sugar Levels This Festive Season


The festive season has almost begun and this brings easy access to sweets, snacks and luncheons. The pandemic has made us realise how important it is to take care of our health and protect us from chronic health conditions like diabetes.Also Read – 6 Rules Every Person with Diabetes Needs to Follow This Festive Season

People with diabetes need to find ways to manage their health smartly and effectively to mitigate risks that come with the disease such as kidney problems, heart diseases, nerve issues, foot problems, and so on. Controlling glucose levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical consultations are key to managing this disease effectively. Also Read – 5 Tips to Balance Food Craving During This Festive Season

Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, Diabetologist and MD of Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centres said, “It is imperative for one to always make sure diabetes is being well-managed, but, during the festive season, it is important than usual. Uncontrolled diabetes can heighten the risk of developing severe diseases or complications. Regularly monitoring glucose levels helps you catch spikes or trends that suggest your diabetes may be getting out of control. This also helps you to take timely measures,” he explains. Also Read – 5 Simple Yet Effective Yoga Asanas to Keep The Weight Gain Away This Festive Season

Here are a few tips for better diabetes management during the pandemic:

  1. Scheduling is key: Diabetic patients need to continue medications without interruption. Apart from continuous monitoring of glucose levels, do plan regular consultations with the doctor. It is also imperative that patients do not ignore high blood glucose levels, HbA1C >10%, or positive urine ketone status.
  2. No pain, no gain: Diet & exercise play a major role in preventing and managing diabetes. Attention to nutrition and adequate protein intake along with exercise helps control weight and lower blood pressure. It also lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raises healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthens muscles and bones, reduces anxiety, and improves general well-being. Patients with diabetes are encouraged to take up 45 minutes of moderate activity every day.
  3. Wearable devices for the win: Technology advances have led wearable devices, to allow patients to keep a close tab on glucose levels. Continuous glucose monitoring, through these devices, offers the highest levels of accuracy and performance standards.
  4. Say no to stress: Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. This has become worse during the pandemic, as health anxieties and long lockdowns have given rise to emotional responses like anxiety, frustration and disappointment. One can opt for healthier life choices such as exercise, yoga and meditation to avoid stress.
  5. Stay safe: The pandemic is still with us. Patients with diabetes need to practice utmost caution to reduce the risk of catching an infection. Along with vaccinations, patients with diabetes need to ensure safe choices such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.

This festive season, even those with diabetes can enjoy life to the fullest, provided these simple measures are followed to keep the glucose levels under check.

(With inputs from IANS)

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