Tips for Managing Diabetes and Arthritis Through the Summer

Posted by Shannon on Jun 17th 2024

JUNE 18, 2024

Tips for Managing Diabetes and Arthritis Through the Summer


Stay healthy during the summer with essential tips for managing diabetes and arthritis effectively.

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Everyone looks forward to summer. With the warm weather, afternoons spent by the water, and time to get away for vacations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. However, the abundance of warmer temperatures and the stray from routine can lead to challenges with existing health conditions like diabetes or arthritis.

The tips below can help you to keep your health conditions in check without sacrificing your summer fun.

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Tips for Diabetes Management

Stay Hydrated

A person with diabetes can become dehydrated quickly. Carry a refillable water bottle with you to ensure you can always rehydrate. Avoid or limit the number of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that can contribute to dehydration.

Check Your Blood Sugar

The heat can change how your body uses insulin, so be sure to check your levels more often during warmer times.

Protect Your Meds and Equipment

Never leave your insulin, blood sugar monitors, test strips, or any other medications or supplies in the heat, such as a hot car or direct sunlight. Use a cooling pack to keep insulin at the right temperature.

Avoid Sunburn

The stress from a sunburn can raise the blood sugar levels. Wear plenty of sunscreen when exposed to the sun and be sure to reapply often. You can also wear a hat or sit under a shade umbrella, also.

Protect Your Feet

It’s tempting in summer to want to put on sandals or flip flops, but good closed toe footwear is a must. Check your feet daily for sores, cuts or sharp toenails. SmartKnit Seamless Socks will help keep your feet dry due to moisture-wicking properties, while also protecting your feet from irritation and abrasion.

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Tips for Arthritis Management

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is very important for a person with arthritis. Dehydration worsens joint discomfort. The fluids in the body help to lubricate the joints keeping them more comfortable. Avoid or limit the number of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages that can contribute to dehydration.

Avoid Sunburn

Sunburn can increase inflammation and joint pain, so it is important to protect your skin against overexposure to the sun. Wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen while outdoors, and reapply periodically.

Stay Active, But Be Cautious

Regular exercise will help reduce arthritis pain. Don’t overdue it, however, especially if exercising outdoors. Try exercise that is easy on the joints like walking, yoga, swimming, or water aerobics. Water exercise is especially joint-friendly since water reduces weight on your joints. 

Wear the Right Footwear

People with arthritis should wear shoes with good arch support and cushioning to reduce impact on the joints. Avoid wearing flip flops or high heels. Seamless Socks will help keep your feet dry due to moisture-wicking properties, while also providing support and cushioning.

If you have diabetes or arthritis, you don’t have to sacrifice summer fun, sun, and relaxation. A little precaution and planning can help you to avoid health challenges and still have fun all summer long.

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This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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