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8 Ways to Warm Up Your Diabetes Management This Winter
Winter brings much more than just shorter days, longer nights, and colder temperatures. The winter season can actually affect diabetes management.
According to a study published in the November 2014 issue ofMedicine,people with type 1 diabetes tended to have slightly higher A1C in the winter. While the same was not shown for people with type 2 diabetes in the study, it’s still a good idea to review your management plan as the temperature drops and adjust your daily routine to the weather.
The way your lifestyle changes during winter has the biggest effect on diabetes management, says Michael McDermott, MD, a professor of medicine and director of the endocrinology and diabetes practice at the University of Colorado in Denver. Decreased activity levels top the list of concerns, he adds. When the weather gets cold, people spend less time being active outside and may lose motivation to , too — as well as eat more hearty and rich comfort foods.
“Exercise is the best defense against insulin resistance,” says Joel Schnure, MD, medical director of endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington and an associate professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The combination of exercising less and eating more means you risk weight gain, he adds, and that can make diabetes control more challenging.
Stay Warm to Maintain Diabetes Control
Follow these tips to keep warm this winter while staying on top of your diabetes management plan:
Wear warm socks and proper footwear.When dressing for cooler temperatures, pay particular attention to your feet. Make sure that they are warm and dry and that you're wearing appropriate shoes when you’re outside in the ice and snow. “People with neuropathy, where they really can’t feel their extremities, have to be very diligent because if they get frostbite, they won’t feel it,” Dr. Schnure says. This means you should not only dress warmly, but also do daily foot checks for sores, cracks, and any discoloration.
Try hand warmers.Testing blood sugar won’t work well if your hands are cold. “The amount of blood you can get out of a finger stick is less when you are vasoconstricted by the cold," Dr. McDermott says. "Run some warm water over hands to get better blood flow." It also helps to wear gloves when you’re outdoors, he adds.
Choose healthy versions of winter comfort foods.Winter menus can be brimming with delicious soups, casseroles, and stews — not to mention holiday feasts and treats. “People weigh more in January than they do all year,” McDermott says. During the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, you might attend several parties and dinners; keep your diabetes meal plan in mind, and allow yourself to enjoy a few holiday favorites in moderation. You can also take advantage of diabetes-friendly seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, root vegetables, and varieties of squash, the American Diabetes Association recommends. Your certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian can help, too: Check in and find out how you can include winter favorites in your diabetes diet without overdoing it.
Keep moving — and take your workout routine indoors.Are you moving less now that it’s cold outside? On nice spring, summer, and fall days, you might get plenty of physical activity through your regular routine — walking your dog, strolling through town, gardening, biking, and more. But when the temperature drops, it’s time to get creative to reach your activity goals. Schnure recommends walking inside a mall or other building complex. You can also start an indoor workout routine: Look for a gym with an indoor pool, sign up for a new class, or borrow a few workout videos from the library for days when you just can’t go outside. Remember that your goal is to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity each week, or about 30 minutes a day most days of the week, the American Diabetes Association says.
Or, dress properly for outdoor workouts.Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t work out outdoors. Winter is the perfect time to learn a snow sport, such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, says endocrinologist Eric Johnson, MD, an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. You just need to take winter precautions. Dress warmly, and pay special attention to keeping hands and feet warm, dry, and protected from the winter elements. If you have an insulin pump, keep the device and insulin protected from the cold, too. And stay hydrated: It’s easy to forget you’re still sweating during a workout in the cold air. Keeping a water bottle in an inside jacket pocket will help prevent it from freezing.
Don’t let indoor heat dry out your skin.Indoor heat can make the air very dry, McDermott says, and that can lead to skin cracking. Be sure to moisturize regularly — particularly on your feet. McDermott recommends applying oil or lotion immediately after bathing to seal in moisture. Staying hydrated can also help keep skin from drying out.
Store supplies away from harsh temperatures.Each medication’s package insert tells you what temperature to store it at,” Schnure says. “We tell people who are carrying insulin with them to put it in their vest pocket — that way it will stay at room temperature.” Make sure you do not leave any medications or materials in your car, where they can freeze and get damaged.
Prepare a winter-emergency kit.If inclement weather strikes, you could be isolated and far away from care, McDermott says. Put together a diabetes emergency kit with enough supplies to last a few days. Include all your testing supplies, extra glucagon, and injectable insulin as a backup to an insulin pump, if you have one — as well as backup blankets, gloves, hats, and scarves to keep you warm.
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