Harianjogja.com, JAKARTA – A pandemic that causes people to have a lot of activities at home and also work from home (WFH), can cause blood sugar or diabetes to get out of control.
Endocrinologist Dr. Altamash Shaikh reveals it is very important to manage your diabetes while working from home. Unfortunately WFH has a negative and positive impact on health. One of the negative effects is diabetes.
“WFH makes weight gain, lethargy, cellphone addiction, unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet,” as quoted from Pink Villa, Tuesday (25/5/2021).
Here are some tips for managing your diabetes during WFH:
1. Sleep well and a little early
For good health, you need adequate sleep. Lack of rest and poor sleep habits can affect insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels.
It can increase appetite which results in weight gain. Lack of sleep leads to decreased growth hormone and increased cortisol levels. Better to get enough sleep every night for 7-8 hours.
2. Exercise to manage diabetes and stress
Due to limited space, some people may feel restricted from exercising. However, WFH and home workouts are both possible.
You can do spot walking or jogging at home by yourself. Those who feel they have to go out can do brisk walking, jogging by keeping compulsory social distance.
Do exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, abdominal crunches, spot jumps, etc. At home. Spend quality time with family and friends over the phone or video.
If you are stressed, then it affects glucose levels. Pamper and love yourself which will help build inner peace so stress is avoided. Meditation and yoga will keep you away from stress.
3. Manage carbohydrate intake
Eating at the right time is important for weight loss and maintenance. To maintain glucose levels regulating food by sleep and exercise is important and you need to be aware of it.
Our bodies break down carbohydrates into glucose, and then insulin helps the body use and store it for energy. When we eat too many carbohydrates or if we have problems with insulin function, this process fails and there is a sudden increase in glucose levels.
To control glucose levels, manage your carbohydrate intake by relying on them and watch how much you need them. Plan your menu and type of food appropriately to manage blood sugar or diabetes. Monitor your glucose levels regularly and call your family doctor.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drink enough water to help keep blood sugar levels under control and the risk of developing high sugar low. Prevents dehydration, helps your kidneys excrete extra glucose through urine.
Ask for a health plan.
Get regular checkups.
Exercise every day.
Make healthy choices.