Have you all already broken an umbrella or two?
The word monsoon actually means season, after the Arabic word mausim – and what better symbol of transformation from one season to the next than the onset of monsoon rains over the lands scorched by the unrelenting heat of summer. Monsoons are caused by the difference in temperature between landmasses and the surrounding oceans.
Monsoons are loved by most of us. It has the potential to turn a dull day into cheerfulness and brings joy and happiness on faces. After the long summer everyone waits for rain, which apart from being beautiful respites us from the scorching heat, it fills up our water reservoirs for drinking throughout the year, and also gives a boost to the economy. India being largely an agrarian economy is very much dependent on monsoon to arrive so that farmers can start new crop cultivation of rice, sugarcanes and oilseeds.
After playing spoilsport last year, this year (so far) our monsoons finally feel like their back on track!
Being optimists, we always expect more of rains regardless of the entire infrastructure ruckus it creates in our country….
Now, let us discuss, how monsoon affects a diabetic:
Problem #1: Pakora & Bhajiya Parties!
Well, this one is really a mouthwatering problem to be dealt with. In India, rains are synonymous with Pakoras & Bhajiyas, what about when you have diabetes?
The more mouthwatering it sounds, the more the problem for you to have self-control. Yes, “self-control” is the only possible solution for this issue. It is important to understand that such oily stuff is sure to give your complete dedication towards maintaining health, a run for its money. You may eat a few pieces but just avoid indulgence. The ill-effects of such fast-food/ snacks are long term on your mission to avoid diabetes. Not to forget those few gulps of soft-drinks to accompany the food have very negative effects on blood sugar levels.
Problem #2: Walking in the rains!
Do feel like walking in the rains is too much of an ordeal and with all kinds of viral infections in the air rather stay rhymes home? Most of the people stop going out for a walk and same is with diabetic people or people who are trying to be fit in order to avoid Type 2 diabetes. Lack of exercise or suddenly stopping the exercise routine can send your sugar levels for a toss.
Don’t completely stop! Try the following: Choose a time for walking in a light drizzle and enjoy the monsoon walk by wearing a proper headgear and raincoat with comfortable shoes/ floaters. If the rain is too heavy, you can always try walking on the staircase of your apartment and do a few rounds at your own pace. This will give you the comfort of your home without getting wet and affecting your exercise routine. Obviously those of you who have access to a treadmill can continue their daily regime.
Problem #3: Fungal Infection/ Foot Care
With monsoon comes a rise in different kinds of fungal/ foot infections. For a diabetic the reason for hospitalization is most often foot problems.
Yes, most people with diabetes rhymes visit the hospital when foot problem starts affecting their quality of life. It is very clear that the footwear you choose plays a very vital role in fighting this problem. Utmost foot care is required in diabetes and a person should be more alert towards it in monsoon. Wash and clean the feet and other body parts exposed to continuous moisture or after coming wet from rain. To keep them dry use simple talcum powder or medicated powders as suggested by a medical practitioner/ over the counter prescriptions. Make sure not to use wet shoes or other footwear unless they are sun dried. Change your socks every day to avoid bacterial growth, which is very common in monsoon. Use open toed shoes in rain. Always take care of your open wounds.
Problem #4: Respiratory Problems
It is a known fact that Diabetes lowers your immune system. Many a times people have grumbled of breathing issues in humid environment, since around monsoon the humidity also increases. People with diabetes should be careful.
Unfortunately monsoon prods respiratory tract infections and asthma. The best way is to keep your inhalers, sprays and medications as suggested by your doctor all the time when you go out. You may also find it helpful to keep your friends and colleagues aware of your breathing problems, so that in case of a sudden or severe attack they can be of prompt help.
TIRED OF PROBLEMS? Here’s some good news: Jamuns!
India is lucky to have this wonderful seasonal fruit offered in monsoon and is very beneficial to Diabetics. This fruit is not common in Western markets as it is native to India and Pakistan. Not only the fruit but even its leaves, seeds and bark is useful. Jamun helps naturally in preventing transformation of starch from our food into sugar. Since Jamun is a seasonal fruit, it is not available throughout the year, but if you want, you can always use the grounded seeds and bark of the Jamun tree, which is equally valuable. Eating one or two Jamun leaves in morning and evening everyday will help control your blood sugar levels.