Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Managing Diabetes in the Monsoon

The rain brings relief from the sweltering heat and replenishes water bodies. But it is also a time when outdoor activities are curtailed, and when one has to protect oneself from infections. It is a trying time for people with diabetes.

They have to find alternate ways to exercise, keep themselves safe from respiratory infections and fungal infections, foot infections, and injuries.

Exercise: Don’t stop exercise. Walk around the house, help with routine work in the house, climb up and down the stairs, or use a treadmill. If going out of the house, be prepared with raincoat, umbrella and water proof shoes.
Foot and skin care:

Don’t walk in water. If footwear gets wet, change it or it can become a source of infection. Choose open toe, water proof foot wear. Keep footwear clean and dry.Don’t miss your pedicure appointment. Don’t wear wet socks for a long time. Check feet regularly as small cuts can get infected easily. Don’t walk in puddles of water as contaminated water can cause foot infections.Be careful while walking to prevent falls.

Watch your diet. Stick to your prescribed diet. Stay away from hot fried snacks. Wash all vegetables well, especially green leafy ones, as they can harbour worms and larvae in this season. Drink boiled water to prevent water borne diseases such as typhoid and diarrhoea.

Be aware, that nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea can lead to lack of appetite and dehydration. Low food intake can result in hypoglycemia. To prevent complications, apply sick day rules for medication if calorie intake is not enough.

Look after your health. Immunity is low during the monsoons. Be careful of insect borne diseases such as dengue and malaria and viral fever. The humidity, change in climate and getting wet can lead to upper respiratory tract infections such as pharyngitis and bronchitis.

Most important of all, be in good control of your diabetes.

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