Winter When Blood Sugar Rises… Diabetic Patients must DO THIS to stay healthy
Reduced physical activity and decreased immunity have a negative effect on blood sugar control.
Higher risk of complications during winter, such as diabetic foot disease and cardiovascular disease. To control blood sugar level, diet should be adjusted to avoid exercise and spicy and salty foods.
Diabetics should be most careful during winter. This is because reduced physical activity and decreased immunity have a negative impact on blood sugar control, increasing the risk of developing or worsening diabetes.
According to the medical community on the 4th, when temperatures drop in winter and physical activity decreases and weight increases, blood sugar levels may rise due to increased ‘insulin resistance’, which means insulin is unable to properly control blood sugar levels.
Overeating due to various gatherings during the year-end and New Year holidays, decreased immunity due to temperature differences between indoors and outdoors, and physical and mental stress during the year-end and New Year holidays are also considered factors that make it difficult to manage blood sugar levels.
According to statistics from the Korean Diabetes Association, as of 2020, the number of diabetes patients in Korea exceeded 6 million, and in particular, 1 in 6 adults over 30 years of age suffer from diabetes. However, only 1 in 10 patients managed their diabetes properly in their daily lives.
Diabetes mellitus complications that affect the entire body are more dangerous than the disease itself. When the weather gets cold, blood vessels, nerves, and muscles can shrink, which can lead to more problems with blood circulation.
Kim Byeong-jun, a professor of endocrinology at Gachon University Gil Hospital, said, “In fact, the glycated hemoglobin (diabetes diagnosis standard) level of diabetic patients in winter is very high. Diabetic patients should be more careful to prevent complications in winter.”