Winter is approaching and for those living with diabetes, managing the condition can be a challenge. Fortunately, with some additional care and attention, diabetes can be effectively managed all winter long. Healthcare4all, providers of diabetes products, delivers advice on managing diabetes effectively in the winter.
Avoid catching colds and flu
According to Diabetes.co.uk, due to the difficulties it can create with diabetes management, people with diabetes are generally at a greater risk in they catch flu. One potentially dangerous complication of flu can be the onset of pneumonia, which people with diabetes are more at risk from developing compared to those without diabetes.
It is therefore important that if you have diabetes you try and stave off colds and flu throughout the winter and all year round. Take a look at our blog about Winter Flu warnings! it will tell you all you need to know about the upcoming Flu we may face after Australia and New Zealand just went through it!
Like the UK, the past few winters have been fairly quiet but this year they had their worst flu season for a number of years. Figures suggest that there was nearly double the number of cases of flu than the average over the past five winters.
Reports have emerged of hospitals struggling, which is why NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens raised the alarm in a speech on Tuesday.
Last year, the NHS went through its worst winter in a generation. And already hospital bosses have warned this winter could be worse given long waiting times and bed shortages over the summer.
Mr Stevens is concerned flu could tip the health service over the edge as well as posing a threat to vulnerable groups, such as the elderly.
Washing your hands
Washing your hands often and using sanitisers can help ward off the germs associated with colds and flu. Getting plenty of rest and having the flu vaccine can help avoid people from getting the flu.
The Mayo Clinic advises that people with diabetes stay warm during the winter, and keep their feet protected and warm by wearing comfortable shoes and socks to help keep circulation problems at bay.
Eat well and exercise
Try and stay healthy throughout the winter by eating well. Have a well-balanced diet that comprises of plenty of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains.
Taking regular exercise can also help you stay fit during the winter and ward off potentially harmful illnesses.
Diabetes monitoring with products such as a diabetes monitor and a diabetes meter is extremely important during the winter. Such products enable diabetics to test, monitor and control their blood sugar levels.
Healthcare4all has a range of diabetes monitoring products and equipment for sale.
The Accu-Chek Mobile system makes blood glucose monitoring easier & more convenient, and allows you to test without inserting or disposing of strips
- 50 Strip Free tests on a continuous tape.
- No single strips to handle or dispose of 6 lancets in a drum.
- No single lancets to see or touchEasy lancing with 1-Click action to prime and release
- Just 4 simple steps to perform a test
- 2000 test memory plus 7, 14, 30 and 90 day averages
- PC ready reports via a USB cable (not supplied)
- No clinical waste
- Designed for people with diabetes using insulin
- Measures in mmol/L
The Accu-Chek costs £34.80
Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor
The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor is another diabetes product Healthcare4all has available to purchase.
Based on an improved enzyme composition that reacts with glucose specifically, the Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor helps to minimise the influence of other substances. The device’s test strips also comprise of an underfilling detection feature, which is designed to prevent a measurement being made if the blood sample provided is not sufficient.
The Medisana Meditouch-2 Glucose Diabetes Testing Monitor costs £25, inc VAT on the Healthcare4all website.