Over the winter months people of all diabetes types tend to have higher HbA1c levels than during the warmer months. With snow, ice and frost all threatening, sugar levels can creep up whilst the temperature drops.
As a diabetic, your immune system needs a little added help to stay on top of things. And you’re probably dreading winter and the season of colds and flu that come along with it!
But there are ways to give your immune system a boost and prevent the effects of a common cold from leaving you feeling completely down and out this winter.
Use these steps to keep your health in top shape. Despite your type 2 diabetes having taken its toll on your immune system…
Give your body the supplement it wants…
Now is the time to throw away that supermarket-shelf, bargain-bin “One-A-Day” supplement. You need something that will nourish your body, giving it a real advantage toward overall health, energy and longevity.
Step 1: Get some exercise
The National Institutes of Health says exercise gives your immune system a boost by helping your body fight bacteria and viral infections. This because you increase your waste excretion when you increase your physical activity. Do moderate intensity exercise like yoga, pilates or thai chi to improve your fitness levels.
Step 2: Wash your hands often
The most common way bacteria spreads is through skin contact. During winter, prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often or keep a waterless antibacterial lotion at your desk at work. Avoid rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands as bacteria and viruses get into your system via your mucous membranes.
Step 3: Take a supplement
Spirulina algae is an essential part of boosting your immune system. This because 1g of spirulina is the equivalent to getting the nutrients from 1kg of fruit and vegetables! Speak to your doctor about taking a spirulina supplement to keep your immune system healthy.
As you can see, keeping your immune system fighting off bacteria and disease is easy, despite living with type 2 diabetes! Use these three steps to stay healthy this winter.
PS: Refuel and take care of your hardworking body every day… Superfoods will help you:
• Maximise your nutrition to improve your health
• Slow the ageing process and fight diseases
• Power up your immune system to prevent colds and flu’s
• Fight free radicals to reduce your risk of cancer by 30%
• Improve your heart-health to prevent heart disease and heart attacks by 35%
• Boost your metabolism to help you burn calories and be energised
Keep testing your blood
The cold weather can leave you with cold hands which can make blood testing more difficult. Don’t let the cold put you off doing your tests though.
Regular testing will help you to catch any highs, or lows, and keep your sugar levels under control. If your hands are cold, try warming them up on a warm mug or on a radiator with a towel or thick clothing over it, before doing your test.
Keep your activity levels up
Even just a little physical activity each day can help your glucose levels in a number of supporting ways.
- Increasing insulin sensitivity
- Keeping you warm
- Good for the mind
A little activity each day will help with insulin sensitivity (in all types of diabetes) which can help the body to better regulate sugar levels.
Particularly if you are using insulin, keep a watch of your blood sugar levels in case your insulin requirements go down. Bear in mind that activity can affect blood glucose for up to 48 hours.
A little bit of exercise helps to keep you warm. We all know that whilst exercising we heat up, but the effects don’t stop as soon as we stop exercising.
We may feel cooler after stopping, if we’ve built up a sweat, but the longer term effects of exercise is to help with metabolism which can help to keep our body temperature up even hours after exercise and helps improve fitness levels.
If you tend to feel cold during the winter months, a little more activity in your day could be just the thing.
The saying ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ rings true. If you keep your body active you’ll find the mind stays more active too. With a fresh feeling mind you’ll be able to cope with more of the rigours of the day and be in a better position to make decisions in the management of your diabetes.