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With the 4th of July coming up, chances are you will celebrate America’s birthday with friends, family, and food. Whenever a holiday comes around, it is important to plan and gear up for events that may impact your regular schedule and diabetes management. Successfully managing your diabetes involves being one step ahead as much as possible, and this week’s holiday is no exception.
Here are some tips to help you make the most out of the holidays while being careful:
1. Stay hydrated
Being in the peak of summer, 4th of July is always a hot day. If you are inside or outside, make sure you keep up the fluids and avoid becoming dehydrated. High blood glucose levels can make you more susceptible to becoming dehydrated and the hot weather doesn’t help. Watch out for signs of dehydration such as dizziness, fatigue, thirst, and always keep a bottle of water with you if you are out and about.
2. Wear sunscreen
Everyone needs to wear sunscreen before heading outside. Sunburn can cause the body to experience stress and blood glucose levels tend to rise. Therefore wear sunscreen, protective clothing, and accessories and stay in the shade as much as possible.
3. Test blood glucose levels regularly
Resist the temptation to take a break from your diabetes during the holidays. It is a good idea to check your blood glucose levels more regularly when you are on holiday as they may fluctuate due to changing your regular routine.
4. Watch your plate
When on a holiday, overindulging is likely to occur, especially when around friends and family. Keep an eye on how many carbohydrates you eat and plan ahead for your meals. Opt for the salads and vegetable-heavy dishes, and balance your carbs, protein, and vegetables to keep blood glucose levels stable.
5. Keep your supplies safe
Insulin can get damaged in the heat where it breaks down and loses potency much faster than normal. Try our Glucology Cooling Pouches that are designed to keep your insulin cool for up to 36 hours. No ice pack needed, just immerse in cold water to activate. These pouches are perfect for a day out in the summer heat or when travelling.
Thanks to overeating, more activity than usual, alcohol and hot weather your levels are more likely to fluctuate. Keep your meter handy and out of the sun checking your levels often and taking the necessary precautions. The 4th of July is a day to spend having fun and celebrating. Keeping active and planning ahead can help you enjoy the day and celebrate the holiday.
Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.