Summer-Tested Self-Care Strategies
People with diabetes and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, are more susceptible to overheating. To stay hydrated, drink plenty of water. Sound boring? Infuse it with sliced strawberries, lemons, limes, or cucumbers. Since you’re not eating the fruit, the water is still free of carbs.
Keep a pair of sneakers at work so you can sneak in a short walk at lunchtime.
Planning a trip? For questions or concerns about getting through airport security, particularly with devices such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), contact the Transportation Security Administration (855-787-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org) two to three days before traveling.
Heat can cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate. Be sure to check your blood glucose several times a day.
Prepare your favorite fruits and vegetables on the grill. Simply dice, place in a grill basket, and cook—no other ingredients required.
At least two weeks before you head off on a summer vacation, check your medications to make sure you have enough to cover your needs while you’re away. For more tips on traveling with diabetes, visit diabetesforecast.org/travelplans.
Set aside some “me” time every day to de-stress, even if it’s for just a few minutes—or however long it takes to watch your favorite puppy video on YouTube.
Sources: Sandra Arévalo, RDN, CDN, CLC, CDE, FADA, director of nutrition services and outreach for Community Pediatrics Programs; Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE, and Valari Taylor, MS, RDN, LDN, spokespersons for the American Association of Diabetes Educators