If you live in an area piled with snow, chances are your physical activity has gone down, and your consumption has gone up. This is natural. Winter can do this. Colder temperatures make your blood move slower, and can lead to higher HbA1c levels.
We want this winter to be different for you. We want it to be better. But, because we cannot change the weather, we can only change how we approach the season. In this list, you’ll find tips on how to stay warm this winter, and to keep your body feeling as if it were summer.
Think of Your Toes First
Circulation problems. Neuropathy. Ulcers. Look, I probably don’t need to tell you — diabetes can bring with it many complications to your feet. Winter can play a role in this if you allow it to. But, as soon as the cold weather hits, do yourself a favor and bundle up. Don’t be afraid to wear two pairs of socks sometimes (or three!). Take care of your tootsies!
This can be difficult to do during the winter months because, though the air is dry, the temperature seems to make us feel less thirsty somehow. But force yourself to drink water. Keep it on you at all times. And, to combat the aforementioned dry air, moisturize your skin with an alcohol-free lotion. It does wonders.
Garrett D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).