Are you a person who struggles to keep his blood sugar level in check all year long? Well, you should prepare yourself for a hard period since Winter is just around the corner and you’ll need to take better care of yourself.
Seeing how we also had 2 big holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving) that encourage us to overeat sugary foods, it would be a good idea to keep our winter blood sugar level in check. If you didn’t know, weather is a big factor when it comes to blood sugar level fluctuation, but fear not – we will try to teach you how to keep your winter blood sugar level in order.
How does weather affect the blood sugar level?
People with diabetes and blood sugar level problems in general don’t seem to have a good relation with weather changes. Both hot and cold weather situations affect them and they have to take certain steps to stay healthy.
When the weather is hot, many people will end up at the hospital because of heat related problems. In the same time, the number of deaths in diabetes patients rise during the summer. During the summer hot weather can pose hypo and hyper risks so you should be careful.
If the weather is hot, try to avoid dehydration and drink water regularly during the day. Hot weather increases the risk of hypoglycemia if you’re on blood glucose lowering medication so you should pay attention to any hypo symptoms such as sweating and tiredness.
Cold weather also affects people who see their blood sugar levels fluctuating. If you add the overeating of sugary foods for Halloween and Thanksgiving to the mix, no wonder that you can develop blood sugar problems.
The Winter blood sugar level fluctuates during the cold weather because of various reasons. It can happen because:
- We inherit traits from our ancestors and our bodies lower insulin output during the cold weather. This helped them to face extreme temperatures but it can pose health risks to us. This is also called the “Ice Age theory.”
- We exercise less in cold weather so we can’t control blood sugar as well.
- We get sad due to weather and day light changes thus we eat more comfort foods.
For both hot and cold weather you should always be careful where you store it because it will break down and won’t work if it gets exposed to extreme temperatures.
How to Manage blood sugar in Winter
There are several things you need to check off your “winter blood sugar level checklist” in order to have the best holidays season. We’ll try to provide you with the best steps to take in order to achieve this.
Be careful where you store your medication.
Like we said before, if you have diabetes or other blood sugar problems and take any medication, don’t store where it could be affected by weather. The extreme cold or hot weather can damage it and you can’t use it after.
Yes, this may seem as a general piece of advice but you should strive not to get sick during the winter. They don’t call it the cold and flu season for nothing! When you’re sick, you stress out your body that raises the blood sugar levels and you don’t eat properly.
Try to avoid crowded places and wash your hands and face with water and soap more than once per day.
People with type 2 diabetes have a bad time on holidays. Most foods have a lot of carbohydrates that raise your winter blood sugar level. You should always try to plan your meals because even the smallest weight gain can make it a hassle to manage your blood sugar level.
Take care of your extremities.
Your hands and feet health are extremely important in Winter. People with diabetes can lose feeling in their toes and feet. That’s why you should protect them in the cold winter and apply moisturizer so your skin stays healthy.
Taking care of your hands is also necessary. If you want to keep your winter blood sugar level in check and do a reading, you should always warm your hands. Wash them in warm water before checking your blood sugar level.
Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Routine.
The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.
This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.
Our philosophy is that prevention is the best approach for a healthy, positive and enriching life.
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