Tips for Managing Blood Sugar During Football Season
Football season is often hailed as the best time of the year because we get to spend more time with friends, watch our favorite teams, and indulge in all of the classic game-time snacks we love.
Not only that, but it also coincides with the holidays! While this sounds like an amazing combination of fun, food, and friends, it can also be a dangerous “perfect storm” situation for people with diabetes, who need to monitor their blood sugar. No need to worry though, there are measures you can take to keep your diabetes in check while also enjoying your most anticipated games.
Plan When to Test Your Blood Sugar During the Big Game
As you watch the national anthem and “warm up” for the game, consider checking your blood sugar. You want to stay on top of your blood sugar levels before you start snacking to make sure that you can plan accordingly and prevent any potentially dangerous hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic situations. It may also be a good idea to check your blood sugar at half-time, and if the game goes into overtime.
Use Your Insulin Pump to Its Full Potential
Insulin pumps with CGM integration allow you to monitor your blood glucose levels before meals and snacks on a color touchscreen and adjust insulin delivery appropriately throughout the game using features like extended bolus dosing.
Extended bolus functionality lets you deliver a percentage of your mealtime insulin right away and allow you to spread out the remainder over a longer period of time. This feature can be especially useful when you aren’t consuming one large meal at once, but rather snacking for a number of hours during the game.
Choose Your Snacks Wisely
One of the most important aspects of effective diabetes management is tracking your food and being mindful of your food choices. Snacks with excessive carbohydrates like chips, sandwiches, and desserts, can cause your blood sugar levels to spike, putting you in the danger zone for a hyperglycemic event.
Don’t forget to monitor your total carbohydrate intake and focus on choosing snacks that are low in carbohydrates like nuts, veggies, and chicken wings.
Avoid That Extra Beer
Alcohol is packed with carbohydrates that can effectively derail your diabetes management plan if you’re not careful. Make sure to pay attention to how many alcoholic beverages you’ve consumed throughout the game and track them carefully to avoid sending your blood sugar levels through the roof.
Get in the Game
Just because you’re a spectator doesn’t mean you can’t get up and move! You can go for a walk before or after the game to help balance your blood sugar levels and make up for any indulgences you’ll enjoy throughout the festivities. Half-time is a great time to get up and get moving with your pals!
Find Your Balance
Don’t let your love of football get you off track on your diabetes management plan. “Winning” with diabetes can be as simple as finding ways to do the things you love without sacrificing your health. If you have questions or are looking for more information about finding balance, speak to your doctor.
They will be able to help you construct a plan that allows you to effectively manage your diabetes while participating in your favorite activities.