The Impacts of Seasonal Changes on Your Diabetes

The Impacts of Seasonal Changes on Your Diabetes

It’s not just in your head if you find that the change of seasons can complicate your efforts to keep your diabetes management under control. Changes in temperature can have an effect on blood glucose levels in anyone, but particularly in those living with diabetes. Because of this, there are a number of factors that should be taken into account while making changes to your diabetes care routine in preparation for the new season, including vacations, holiday gatherings, and travel. Read on to learn more.

Challenges in Cold Weather

The colder months provide unique difficulties as it is normal for blood sugar levels to rise in lower temperatures. In fact, cold weather is often correlated with higher levels of hyperglycemia. In the winter, it’s also easier to hang out indoors and avoid physical activity, which can mean it takes longer for your body to process the glucose already in your blood.

Factors outside of your daily routine can also affect your diabetes. Be aware that seasonal illnesses like the flu and colds might raise your blood sugar levels. You should also be aware that poor circulation increases the risk of cold-related problems such as chilblains (small, itchy patches that can appear on your skin after you've been in the cold) during the winter months and can be prone to infection if they blister and break.

Making changes to your diet and exercise routine, as well as taking care of your body by eating right will assist your immune system, lower your blood sugar, and increase circulation to help you weather the cold conditions.

Dangers in Warm Weather

Unfortunately, warm weather can also cause its own difficulties. Due to more time spent outdoors during the summer, dehydration is a common health concern as many people do not drink enough water during the warmer months to make up for their increased fluid loss.

Dehydration concentrates the glucose in your blood, which forces your body to excrete the excess glucose through your urine. It does this by dragging along fluids from your tissues, which in turn makes you more dehydrated. Talk about a vicious cycle.
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