Spring and Summer Tips
For Diabetics

Different types of diabetes call for different types of treatment : Two basic forms of diabetes are now recognised. Insulin-dependent, or type 1, diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which certain white blood cells attack the body’s insulin-producing cells.

The warmer weather of spring and summer are upon us. This usually brings about a change in our activities, exercise and eating patterns. Diabetics need to pay special attention to changes in any of these parameters.

In warm weather many people begin lawn and garden chores that aren't a regular routine and may affect the glucose levels of a diabetic. Many people are more inclined to get out and do instead of being a couch potato from the long winter months. (Spring Fever)

Many people with be more inclined to exercise outdoors than going to the gym etc. during the winter months. This change can also alter a diabetics glucose levels.

And of course spring and summer bring about fresh fruits and vegetables, cookouts, picnics and vacations where we are all prone to eating excessively.

Any of these things or a combination of them can affect your glucose control, so be sure and check your blood glucose on a regular basis and always check anytime you feel different or "funny". This might be a sign of HYPOGLYCEMIA which can become serious. If you have hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, you may have to adjust your medication regimen. Consult your physician, diabetes educator or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Signs of HYPOGLYCEMIA (Low Blood Sugar)
Feel Shaky
Be Sweaty
Feel Tired
Fast Heartbeat
Become Crabby or Confused
Blurred Vision
Sometimes there can be no symptoms at all

Signs of HYPERGLYCEMIA (High Blood Sugar)
More hunger or thirst than usual
Having to urinate often, especially at night
dry, itchy skin
feeling tired or run down
blurred vision
frequent infections
slown healing wounds

Contact your physician, emergency room or health care professional if you notice these symptoms.

Summer usaually means vactions and travel. Pay special attention to your medications and suppies BEFORE you travel. Laws vary greatly from state to state and other countries, so picking up an emergency supply while traveling might be harder than expected. Make plans and pick up extra supplies ahead of time. Also if you are insulin dependant, you may have to take extra precautions in storing your insulin while traveling. The inside of an automobile can easily reach 130F (espicially here in the south) and this will ruin your vial of insulin. Insulated travel cases are available and a cooler might be appropiate for long trips.

Enjoy the summer and take control of your diabetes so it doesn't control you.

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Courtesy of Kise's Pharmacy