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Diabetes And Summer Fun!

Summer is here and most of us will be heading outside and becoming more active so lets take a few minutes to review the bestways to stay safe in the months ahead.

Whether you are a confirmed “couch potato” or seasoned runner, it is important to start slowly and build tolerance to any physical activity. Avoiding any undo stress and strain will decrease the risk of injury and allow you to enjoy all the benefits of better health. If you haven’t been particularly active and feel unsure about your health, check with your health care provider before starting any new regimen. Depending on your personal medical history of diabetes related complications (heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, foot ulcers, and vision issues), you may be advised to avoid certain strenuous activities.

Warm up exercises ( like stretching movements) for several minutes before the actual activity (and cooling down afterwards) will enhance blood flow to your muscles and lower the risk of injury. Avoiding extremes in temperatures, and staying hydrated, will lower stress and strain on your body.
Many healthcare providers encourage you to check your glucose levels before any planned activity, as well as during the activity (if it lasts an extended time period, such as over an hour). Have an available fast acting carbohydrate food/fluid item available in the event of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Consider wearing a medical identification tag of some sort (bracelets or necklaces, or wallet inserts) in case of a diabetic related emergency. Along the same line, also carry your cell phone with you in case you need to call for emergency assistance. On a related side note, pay close attention to your feet and those gym shoes. Make sure the shoes fit well to prevent any blisters/ cuts from occurring, and inspect your feet after all activities for any signs of irritation.

Activities, such as walking, dancing, swimming, and bicycling, are some great ways to incorporate fun into your summer. Consider trying them out with family and friends (“the more, the merrier!”), and reap the benefits of better health, possible weight loss, stress reduction and even improved sleep patterns.

Remember:  Aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week ( 150 minutes a week).

Hope you are having a great summer!




Guest post by Maureen Sullivan-Tevault and  originally appeared at MaureenSullivanRN.com.

Maureen has over 25 years in Emergency and Trauma nursing, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, and Stroke Program Manager. In addition, she has also been certified as both a BLS and ACLS instructor, and adjunct faculty for an LPN nursing program. Maureen has also written nursing articles for the following journals: Nursing Spectrum, ADVANCE nursing magazine, and The Journal of Emergency Care, Rescue, and Transportation.  Her expertise is in diabetes education, stroke education and prevention, and all aspects of emergency medicine.


Maureen has written multiple continuing education courses on diabetes, stroke, human trafficking, norovirus and other healthcare topics:

Diabetes: An Introduction
Diabetes Management and Insulin Pumps
Diabetes Management and Insulin Pumps for School Nurses
Diabetes: An Introduction for Administrators
Human Trafficking
Management of Norovirus Gastroenteritis in Healthcare Settings

Mangement of Norovirus Gastroenteritits in Post Acute Care Settings
OSHA Hazard Communication
Stroke Management: Advanced
Stroke: An Introduction
Stroke: An Introduction for Administrators


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Posted: 8/14/2019 4:30:03 PM
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