Tips for Managing Diabetes in Cold Weather
Extreme weather makes
diabetes management a little more challenging. Here are some ways to stay on top
- Be even more diligent
about checking your feet than usual. The cold can cause frostbite, so if you
notice any changes in your feet, see your doctor right away.
- If you have a cold or the
flu, remember that being sick can change the way your body uses insulin. Be
sure to check your blood sugar frequently to make sure you know what your
- If you tend to experience
depression when the holidays are over, remember that depression can also
affect blood sugar.
- It’s tempting to stop
exercising when it’s cold outside, but changes in your exercise habits can
also mean changes in your blood sugar. Try to keep up with your activity. If
you can’t get out because of bad weather, see whether you can figure out a way
to work out inside. Exercise DVDs can help, or you can even do lots of
vigorous dancing on your own.
- A1C readings are often
higher in the winter, but researchers aren’t sure exactly why. You can do your
best to avoid higher readings by following the advice above—keep exercising,
check your blood sugar more when your body is under stress (from illness or
depression) and never forget to check your feet.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and