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Diabetes and Seasonal Changes

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A GREAT POOL OF LEARNING WHEN IT COMES TO DIABETIC EDUCATION.
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IN PATIENTS WITH DIABETES RECEIVING TREATMENT AT THE ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM CLINIC, BLOOD PRESSURE, PREPRANDIAL GLUCOSE, A1C, AND LDL CHOLESTEROL VARIED SEASONALLY, WITH HIGHER VALUES IN THE WINTER AND LOWER VALUES IN THE SUMMER.

Scientists have been aware that many illnesses, like heart related disease, autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and mental disorders, are affected by seasonal changes.

The Journal of Nature Communications has published a study that indicates that the activity of almost one-fourth of our genes (5,136 out of 22,822 genes tested) fluctuates according to the time of year, with some more active in winter and others more active in summer.

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At the University of Cambridge, JDRF researchers have found proof that our immune systems is affected by the change in seasons – a discovery that implies a seasonal link to type 1 diabetes. Irrespective of where you live, changes in weather are experienced by most of us. Being prepared for seasonal allergy symptoms can help moderate the impact it has on diabetes control.

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As fall and winter approach, long summer days are coming to an end and are followed by yearning for heavier foods and more time spent indoors. Considering the metabolic factors at play, there is a challenge to manage diabetic people.

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Ensure that your intake of foods is well-balanced, with special focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables that are readily available. Try and keep physical activity levels up, as this helps effectively dealing with the condition of type 1 diabetes.

One should be considerably prepared for whatever season it is. Be it winter, summer or fall, it is important to be aware that seasons affect normal glucose levels, but is it equally important to know how it affects diabetics and what should be the necessary steps taken to lower blood sugar levels.

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