Mon­soon health tips for di­a­bet­ics

Dur­ing the rains, di­a­bet­ics need to take ex­tra care to pre­vent ill­nesses; ex­perts suggest ways to boost their im­mu­nity

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Saro­jini Jose With in­puts from Dr Arun Bal, se­nior con­sul­tant, di­a­betic sur­geon, and Dr Pradeep Gadge, di­a­betol­o­gist con­sul­tant, Shreya Di­a­betes Care Cen­tre.

While rains bring the much needed respite from heat for the city, the change in weather also tends to com­pro­mise one’s im­mune sys­tem. While most of us may take steps to avoid the com­mon cold, for di­a­betic pa­tients, the list of preven­tive mea­sures tends to be much longer.

In the ini­tial days of mon­soon, when the weather is still hot and at­mos­phere is very hu­mid, a di­a­betic per­son may catch res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, some of which may be se­vere such as pneu­mo­nia. Get­ting wet in the rain may cause one to itch all over the body. Kid­ney prob­lems in a di­a­betic pa­tient will weaken the bones, and this con­di­tion, when com­bined with a fun­gal in­fec­tion in the feet, can turn into gan­grene. This in turn may make am­pu­ta­tion nec­es­sary. Dire con­se­quences such as am­pu­ta­tion rarely oc­cur but mon­soons are tricky gen­er­ally for di­a­bet­ics.

Di­a­bet­ics should avoid get­ting drenched in the rains. But if they are com­pelled to head out­doors due to work or other rea­sons these tips should help: Have home-cooked or freshly cooked food as much as pos­si­ble. Drink plenty of water. Avoid bot­tled bev­er­ages, and opt for co­conut water in­stead. Stick to warm food and bev­er­ages. Soups, ginger tea, etc. are easy to make and help build im­mu­nity. Make sure you wash fruits and veg­eta­bles thor­oughly. Dur­ing mon­soons, these are more likely to be in­fested by worms. If you feel that you will be out for long on a rainy day, carry some snacks be­cause di­a­bet­ics tends to feel hunger more of­ten than non-di­a­bet­ics. Carry an ex­tra pair of clothes and footwear. Make sure your rainy footwear is one size big­ger than your ac­tual shoe size, which re­duces the chances of shoe bites. Change wet socks im­me­di­ately. At first avail­able chance, dry the feet and legs with soft cloth. If your footwear re­tains water, take them off as you

wait for them to dry. Check feet, and the spa­ces in be­tween toes for in­juries and in­fec­tions. Do not use hard plas­tic footwear used for mon­soon in In­dia. If closed shoes are a must for of­fice, try to keep a pair at work and use an­other pair for com­mut­ing.

PHO­TOS: RAJ K RAJ/HT, SATISH BATE/HT; FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PUR­POSES ONLY

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