I knew that many variables, such as stress, may affect blood sugar, but I was curious to find out if something as the weather could truly affect diabetes. And if others living with diabetes – need to take temperature and humidity into account?
The answer is yes. Both humidity and extreme hot or cold temperatures may affect both your body and any diabetes-related equipment you may use.
Humidity, so prevalent this summer across much of the country, may take a physical toll on anyone.
Typically, the human body cools itself off via evaporation: You sweat, and your temperature drops as air wicks the moisture off your skin. When it’s really humid out, though, the air is already full of water, and sweat, unable to evaporate, doesn’t cool you as effectively.
High humidity therefore increases the risk of heat exhaustion, and diabetes may add a twist.
Poor glucose management may affect one’s ability to sweat in the first place, making a person living with diabetes more likely to overheat.
In addition, high glucose levels may make you urinate more, so it’s especially important in hot, humid weather to stay hydrated with sugar-free beverages, and to test your blood glucose more often than normal.
Tips for managing blood sugar
Don’t allow the heat to keep you indoors. You can participate in outdoor activities and enjoy all types of weather as long as you take a few precautions.
Follow these tips to help manage your diabetes while enjoying the outdoors:
Drink plenty of water.
Make insulin adjustments as needed.
Test your blood sugars levels frequently.
Keep items to treat low blood sugars with you.
Take some snack with you.
Protect your medication and supplies.
Diabetes winter hacks
Keep your diabetes devices and insulin out of the cold.
Protect your immune system.
Test, don’t guess.
Keep your hands warm.
Don’t stop moving.
Keep an eye on your feet.
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