Diabetes Management: Sunlight and heat have a connection with diabetes!


The summer season is at its peak and the outbreak of heat waves is also increasing. Diabetes patients need to be especially careful in summer. Due to sweating in the scorching heat, there is a loss of water and salt in the body, which can cause fatigue and dehydration. Apart from this, it also becomes difficult to control blood sugar levels due to heat.


Dr. Ashok Jhingan, MD and Director of the Diabetes and Metabolic Research Center in Delhi, says that managing diabetes in summer can be challenging. Changes in daily habits, risk of dehydration, and fatigue can create problems for diabetes patients. Therefore, diabetes patients need to take special care in this season.

4 important tips for diabetes patients:

1. Stay hydrated

Dehydration in summer can be dangerous for diabetes patients. Therefore, it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep drinking water even if you do not feel thirsty. Apart from water, you can also drink lemonade, buttermilk, or electrolyte-rich drinks.

2. Monitor blood sugar levels

Blood sugar levels can fluctuate in summer. Therefore, it is important to check blood sugar levels regularly. You can use a glucometer or a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device. CGM devices track blood sugar levels 24 hours a day without the need for a finger prick.

3. Exercise smartly

Regular exercise plays an important role in controlling diabetes. In summer, it is better to exercise in the morning or evening when the temperature is lower. You can also do exercises indoors like yoga, aerobics, or strength training.

4. Take a healthy diet

In summer, it is important to eat light and nutritious food. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat proteins. Avoid sugar, processed food, and fried food.

Enjoy the summer, but be safe!

Summer is a time to enjoy. However, diabetes patients should take some precautions. By following these 4 simple measures, you can enjoy the summer and also keep your diabetes under control.