Skip to Accessibility Tools Skip to Content Skip to Footer
My Top 3 Summertime Struggles with Type 2 Diabetes.

My Top 3 Summertime Struggles with Type 2 Diabetes

Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year, but it’s also the time of the year when I struggle with eating healthy and maintaining my exercise routine.

When summer finally peeks her lovely head out of the sky and smiles down upon us, it’s a joyous time. Sunshine makes the world go around and people tend to be happier during this time of year. Beach fun is better with cubes of cool cantaloupe. Watersports and watermelon are a slice of heaven. And, conversations under the shade with a tall glass of lemonade adds delight to the day. However, tis is also the season for a few struggles.

Fruit, celebrations, and extreme heat are three things that complicate my diabetes management routine during the summer.


Firstly, I love fruit and the summer season brings the best and freshest choices. I grew up in South Florida with two mango trees and two avocado trees in my backyard. As a child I would eat mangoes until my fingers were stained orange. As an adult living with type 2 diabetes, however, I can barely handle one mango without making sure the timing is right (usually post cardio) or I can bolus for it. I confess, resisting fresh fruit is hard for me and I often find ways to pace myself rather than restrict fruit altogether. If I purchase a bag of cherries, I ration them by the serving 1 cup of cherries is about 1.5 carb choices and I divide the servings between breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Doing this prevents me from eating the entire lot in one sitting.


Secondly, because summer often brings perfect weather with it, there are usually a million-and-one reasons to celebrate during this time of the year. Weddings, family reunions, Fourth of July, my birthday, and spontaneous backyard BBQs provide me to ample reasons to struggle with portion size. Celebrations bring their unique challenges because there’s usually pressure to eat and drink well beyond my limit. While I am ecstatic to attend these events, I am often emotionally conflicted by having to say “No” to people especially loved one. How can I turn down my aunt’s tantalizing desserts or my uncle’s famous punch? Unfortunately, I must find the ways to do it, which often means that I accommodate them by saying that I’ll take some home with me and eat or drink it later when my blood sugar levels subside.

The heat

Thirdly, the heat can be unbearable depending upon where I am. Because of all the celebrations, summer usually means traveling to various cities with varying climates. When I’m in the northeast, it’s pleasant to go bike riding, hiking, or participating in various outdoor activities from dawn to dark. However, in south Florida, the bright sun and blue-water beaches can quickly turn into debilitating heat and heavy humidity. In addition, the tropical climate is known for intense thunderstorms that quickly appear. I can’t rely on a consistent outdoors exercise routine when I’m visiting my relative.

While I love the summer, it does bring with it some challenges. Nevertheless, I do my best to manage them through trial and error and when I have an off bad day with food or exercise, I remind myself that tomorrow is another opportunity to get it right.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • Shelley, TheLongPointGirl moderator
    12 months ago

    I also struggle with the heat. I live where we have very high humidity along with the heat. This affects my asthma. Which affects my walking, my main source of exercise. So I try to go early in the day or later in the evening.

    I love all the melons in summer. I tolerate watermelon the best. I love it. I buy pieces at the grocery store rather than a whole one because I know I’d never be able to control it if I bought a whole one.

    Good read. Shelley.

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    12 months ago

    Humidity. Ouch. I’m in the ‘furnace’. 😉
    But I hear you on the barbeques etc. I’ll cook them and enjoy but what I do is this. I’ll have the steak portion(palm of hand), mixed vegetables out of can. Usually a half cup since that’s about nine carbs. Unless I’m having a couple of those small white potatoes out of can then I’ll take a quarter cup of the mixed vegetables with also a slice of whole multi-grain bread. That will be my meal. Trying to shed a few pounds.

    But it’s sooo hard to pass things up isn’t it? My first dietitian was right. Mrs Dash has become a very good friend of mine.

    I wish you very much luck in staying with the summer schedule of foods etc.

  • Poll