Have you rented or bought a new house? Congratulations! Time to prepare for the move. Moving with diabetes is of course possible, but it is just that little bit different. A whole day of lugging and walking back and forth from the moving van to your new home has a big effect on your blood sugar levels, especially if you normally sit all day at school or at the office. Hopefully with a few handy tips you will survive your move without crazy outliers up or down.
1. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL THE DAY BEFORE
It is of course nice to toast to your new palace, but it is better not to do that the day before your move. Or rather: the night before your move. Alcohol can have an effect on your blood sugar levels for a long time and sometimes even causes lower values in the morning. Not so handy if you are going to move for a day!
It never ceases to amaze me how long alcohol continues to work and how much effect it has on your blood sugar level.
2. EAT FOOD WITH FAT
This may sound a bit crazy, but eat fatty things. For example, a croissant or a cup of chocolate milk with your breakfast. Normally this would be the last thing I would advise you, because it is of course not very healthy. But the advantage of these fats is that it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. By eating fat in the morning and then injecting little insulin, the carbohydrates get into your blood while you walk up the stairs 10 times to get the last boxes from the attic. And that prevents a hypo! Just be careful not to get hyper.
This tactic works very well for me, even when I go for a long walk, for example. Then I eat something with a lot of fat half an hour before, without injecting, and after that I can finish the whole walk in peace!
3. TAKE THE TIME TO RECOVER FROM YOUR HYPO
Are you just sitting comfortably in the middle of your move – bam – your hypo will kick in. I usually tend to eat some sugar quickly and keep going. After all, you want to be ready as soon as possible! But usually that is not really a success and you do not give your body time to process the sugars.
Hypo while moving? Take a moment. Take fast + slower sugars and wait for the carbohydrates to kick in. Then you can go back to it!
4. LOWER YOUR BASAL
You probably already thought of this yourself, but if not: lower your basal. Start with it in the morning, because you often only notice the effect of a lowered basal after half an hour or hour. If you don't have much experience adjusting your basal yet, you can ask your diabetes nurse for help.
5. GO TO BED ON TIME
You've probably had it: you had a bad night's sleep and the next day your blood sugar levels are a disaster. That's no coincidence, that's science! If you sleep poorly or not enough, it has an effect on your blood sugar levels. If you want to have easily controllable blood sugar levels on the day you move, go to bed on time the day before!
Good luck with the move and hopefully you manage to keep your blood sugar levels in line.