How to Manage your diabetes during lockdown & unlocking phase
Lockdown of 2 months with fear and dilemma during the unlocking phase associated with COVID 19 has caused the majority of our population to be confined to there living room.
This is more true for the elderly population and population with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease because the risk of getting critically sick is more if acquires COVID 19 disease with this group of population.
As we all know adequate management of diabetes requires apart from medicines, physical activity of 1 hrs per day, and dietary restriction.
During this lockdown phase, all these approaches of managing diabetes have got effected leading to rising blood sugar levels due to less physical activity and eating more while staying home and also difficulty in procuring medicines for diabetes.
Though going out protects you from COVID 19 but rising sugar levels increases many threats related to poor diabetes control, like chances of other infection like UTI, reactivation of suppressed infection like TB etc.also the risk of stroke, heart and eye-related disease increases with poor sugar control.
If there is a problem, there is a solution to every problem, though we can't suggest a generic solution for everyone as everyone's needs and problems are different, some steps can be taken to be on right track during this lockdown and unlocking phase as far as diabetes management is concerned.
- Frequent sugar checking at home, it is recommended that, Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) by glucometer is an important tool in the management of diabetes "kyoki janoge tabhi to maoge" applying this tool more frequently helps you track your sugars and alarms you if sugars are going haywire and corrective action can be taken.
- If can't go out for exercise do it at home, at least 30 minutes a day 5 out of 7 days, there and may videos available on the internet on different mod of home exercises for different age group requiring very less space and very less equipment.
- As there is no schedule during the lockdown period, so it becomes easy to lose track because of no definite target in sight. So make a diary for daily schedule and Wright next day schedule a night before and try to adhere to that, this strategy helps in making your day more productive during lockdown and unlocking phase also.
- Keep in touch with your doctor for any medical advice, nowadays it is possible through many electronic platforms.
- Keep a track of your medicine stock and try to order them or procure them at least 10 days before expected exhaustion of stock to avoid last-minute rush and skipping medicine dose leading to haywire sugars.
- Paste notes in the kitchen fridge or dining area like "NO SUGAR " "NO JUNK" to keep you reminding what not be eaten during the lockdown.