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Summer Safety Tips for Type 1 Diabetes

  1. Stay Hydrated: With the heat of summer, it’s crucial to stay hydrated to maintain stable blood sugar levels. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and sip regularly throughout the day.
  2. Protect Your Insulin: Insulin is sensitive to heat, so be mindful of where you store it. Avoid leaving insulin in direct sunlight or in a hot car. Consider using a cooling pouch or insulated bag when traveling to keep your insulin at the right temperature.
  3. Monitor Blood Sugar Frequently: The summer months can bring changes in activity levels, diet, and stress, all of which can impact blood sugar levels. Be vigilant about checking your blood sugar regularly, especially before and after physical activities like swimming or hiking.
  4. Sunscreen is Essential: Spending time outdoors means exposure to the sun’s rays. Protect your skin with sunscreen to prevent sunburns, which can cause stress on the body and affect blood sugar levels.
  5. Be Prepared for Summer Activities: Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike in the mountains, or a backyard barbecue, plan ahead to manage your diabetes effectively. Pack snacks, glucose tablets, insulin, and any other supplies you might need to keep your blood sugar stable while enjoying summer fun.

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