Practical Tips for Enjoying the Autumn Season

by the dLife Medical Advisory Board

1) Adjust for time changes. Without proper planning, when the clock falls back, your control may too. Check with your health professional how to properly adjust changes during the time we adjust our clocks back 1 hour. Daylight savings time is also a good time to update your contacts for emergency. Check your cell phones and make sure you have added "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) adjacent to the names of people who should be contacted in case you have a diabetes emergency. If you run or walk outdoors in the early evening and don't like exercising after dark, look for alternative ways to work out indoors. Try joining a health club or community recreation center. Buy an exercise video, or go to the mall and walk. Don't stop moving!

2) Tailor your tailgating activities. Fall means football, and for many fans it also means a big spread of Buffalo wings, hot dogs, pizza, and other not-so-healthy finger foods -- not to mention the beer. Expand your culinary horizons and try some new delicious, diabetes-friendly snacks to enjoy with the game, plus healthy variations on old favorites. Go to dlife.com for ideas.

3) Don't let Halloween scare you. Parents of children with type 1 diabetes often dread Halloween because of all the tempting treats. But there are plenty of ways to make the holiday fun without focusing on candy confiscation. Offer small toys, special activities, and other "spooktacular" options to your child. Try bartering candy for special non-edible treats and toys. Some candy can also be saved and stored to treat lows. Some people even leave the candy outside for the "Great Pumpkin" at night and when their child awakens the next day, a much wanted toy has been exchanged for all of that candy.

4) Get in the holiday spirit. The holidays are still a few months away, but getting a head start on your shopping and entertainment preparation can help your control later. Stress often raises blood sugar levels; so make your holidays less hectic by making a schedule and sticking to it.

Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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