People who suffer from chronic health conditions will have special challenges to deal with when it comes to any survival situation. While stockpiling medicines is the obvious solution, not all medications can be stored. But even if they can, those drugs will eventually run out, leaving the person who needs them at risk of an acute onset of their disorder, with the possibility of organ failure or even death.
Diabetics and people with high blood pressure are the two largest groups of these people you are likely to encounter in any population group. Both are relatively common disorders which our modern medical community is accustomed to dealing with by the application of small quantities of common medicines. But what do these people do, when the pharmacy’s doors are closed?
The first question for any diabetic is to ask themselves, what sort of diabetes they have. While there are similarities in prepping for the two types; there are also important differences:
- With Type 1 Diabetes, the body doesn’t produce insulin. This is considered an incurable disease and people who have it generally need insulin shots
- With Type 2 Diabetes, the body doesn’t respond to insulin as well as it should. While medical science is not sure of the cause, there are reliable indicators that its associated with weight and inactivity. Therefore, the first treatment for Type 2 Diabetes is controlling the diet and exercise.
Both of these can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels, making it difficult for amateurs to diagnose the difference. However, doctors who specialize in dealing with diabetes can perform the necessary tests to tell which one the patient has.
A reduced calorie survival diet, coupled with exercise, can help people who have Type 2 Diabetes. However, it will require the patient being on a high-protein diet. This can be a problem for some, whose survival food stockpile mostly consists of carbohydrates, such as grains, pasta, and rice.
Step 1 – Stockpile Medicines
The first and easiest step to take is to stockpile the necessary medicines for treating diabetes, as well as monitoring strips for checking blood sugar levels. This can be a problem for those who are on insulin, as this needs to be refrigerated. Considering that many survival scenarios will cause the electricity to be out, you won’t be able to count on refrigeration.
The solution to this is to stockpile Metformin, which counters Insulin resistance. When the insulin runs out, this can be substituted with some effect. However, it will not work for those whose bodies don’t produce any insulin.
You should also have a spare glucose meter stored in a Faraday Cage, for use in the event of an EMP destroying your primary one. Place some extra batteries with it as well, so that you know where to find them.
Step 2 – Learn to Recognize Your Body’s Signs
Test supplies are relatively cheap and will last for a long time, but no matter how much you stockpile, they will eventually run out. So, rather than continually testing your blood sugar level, learn to recognize the symptoms which tell you when it is too high or too low. That way, you can cut down on your usage of these critical supplies, saving them for when you need them.
Step 3 – Improve Your Health
The best thing you can do is to increase your overall health, to lower the impact of diabetes on your body. More than anything, this means reducing your weight to what it should be. But add a regimen of exercise to this as well. Improved muscle tone will serve you well in a survival situation, and will help to burn excess sugar in your system.
Step 4 – Plan Your Survival Diet Accordingly
People with diabetes need to eat a particular diet, especially during a time of crisis, when they may not have adequate access to medicines. The key is to eat frequent, small, protein-rich meals. This will probably mean stockpiling more protein than most people do. However, for the person with diabetes, this is critical. A reasonable level of activity, throughout the time of crisis, can also be helpful in maintaining the diabetic’s blood sugar level