Spring Tips for Diabetics

It’s spring and time for us to start emerging from the indoors and embracing the outdoors again.  And naturally, that means some changes in our day to day lives, especially for diabetics.  But, following a few simple tips can help navigate the downside to spring, so that we can focus on all the wonderful aspects of this season of renewal.

Allergies

Many people think there is precious little you can do to prevent allergies, but there are actually a lot of things that can be done to help any allergy sufferer.  A great thing you can try are HEPA air filters, as well as a HEPA vacuum cleaner.  A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, can trap pollens, dander and other allergens.  Another way to keep allergens out of the house is to wash window screens, or better yet, resist the urge to open them up.  Enjoy the outdoors when you’re outdoors, but keeping your home as allergen-free as possible will give you a refuge when you’ve had enough.  An allergy sufferer should also wash their hair and body at the end of each day to wash away the pollens before going to bed.  Wash clothing items that are typically not washed as often (like shoes or jackets) more often.  Finally, you can use a saline rinse to clear nasal passages of allergens.

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Diet

Spring is a great time to do a little spring cleaning of your pantry and diet.  Clear out old, expired and stale food.  Restock your staples with healthy options like brown rice, whole grain pastas and beans.  Warmer weather also opens our options up to include more fresh foods.  Try whole food options instead of processed foods.  Whole foods are a much healthier option.  We borrowed a few recipes from Diabetic Living Magazine (See below).  These recipes are great additions to any meal plan.

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Exercise

It’s time to get moving! Spring air feels really great and really moving after a long winter staying indoors feels great, too!  Walking is a great cardio workout.  Be sure to check your blood sugar levels before and after a workout.  You’ll start to see how a little good exercise will help you to be healthier all around.

Visit Your Doctor

Think of it like Daylight Savings Time being a good reminder of checking the batteries on your smoke detector.  Spring is a great time for an overall checkup with your doctor.  You’ll want to speak to your doctor about your diet and medications and how they affect you.  Ask the doctor the examine your feet to help maintain good foot health – an important factor for diabetics.  Don’t forget to schedule a checkup with your dentist and eye doctor, as well.

Ready for spring?  You should be now!  Bring it on, Spring!

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