During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, it is especially important for the millions of people managing their diabetes to be conscious of the ongoing climate and how it may impact their daily routine.
In this “new normal,” diabetes tracking and management can look different from person to person. From incorporating healthy habits daily to maintaining a consistent wellness routine, the tips below can help people living with diabetes and their caregivers better navigate through this time.
1. Find ways to stay active and energized.
Identify exercises that can be performed at or close to home that you enjoy. Staying active, combined with eating a healthy diet, is a simple way to help ensure that you’re still taking care of yourself on an everyday basis.
When implementing new healthy habits, don’t forget that keeping up with mental health is just as important as physical exercise. Find hobbies that keep you engaged and motivated while at home, whether that’s reading a book, trying yoga for the first time, or baking a new healthy recipe.
2. Stay connected with your healthcare providers.
Telehealth solutions, such as video, online chat and email, provide direct access to doctors and healthcare professionals from the safety of your own home. By connecting
virtually, you can get the medical advice you need, while minimizing your potential for exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses. Continuing to stay regularly connected can help ensure that you are on the treatment program that works best for you.
3. Be prepared.
With so much recent change to our everyday lives, it’s important to stay a few steps ahead, including with the management of diabetes medications and care. Ensure you have an ample supply of medication on hand and keep track of when you will need to re-order it. The CDC recommends keeping at least a 30-day supply of diabetes medicines available, including insulin.1
4. Keep data at your fingertips.
With today’s resources, tracking insulin doses and various other diabetes data has never been easier. Use continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and smartphone connectivity to monitor data trends and help keep your blood sugar in the target range. This data can also be useful when discussing your diabetes management plan with your healthcare provider.
Technology can also be used to monitor other components of your day-to-day health, beyond diabetes metrics alone. Specifically, tracking calories, carbohydrates, and hydration are all key for keeping diabetes management on track.
5. Lean on your support system.
When navigating the uncertain road ahead, it’s important to have a solid support system of family and friends. Make sure to stay connected – whether it is via phone call or virtually – with the people in your life who are supportive in your diabetes care.
People with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and the need to consistently and optimally manage diabetes is now more important than ever.2 In fact, type 2 diabetes is a key risk factor for COVID-19 and its progression, and type 1 or gestational diabetes might increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.1 For more information, download this helpful ‘Diabetes and COVID-19’ fact sheet.
Be sure to stay connected with your healthcare team and your emotional support system to identify what medications, treatment approaches, and daily care routines will best help you manage your diabetes during this time. Click here to learn more about how you can stay on track with a diabetes care plan.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019: People with Certain Medical Conditions. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. Accessed August 2020.
2. Zhu, L. Association of Blood Glucose Control and Outcomes in Patients with COVID-19 and Pre-existing Type 2 Diabetes. Cell Metabolism. Available at: https://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/pdf/S1550-4131(20)30238-2.pdf. Accessed August 2020.
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