Factor members Matt Vogel and Jonathan Fern enjoyed snowshoeing
at Lake Tahoe with Duke (Giant Schnauzer) and Weikawaik (English
Sheepdog) as companions.
winter season is here and it's time to gear up for the cold sports:
skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and luge. Before
you embarking on your winter adventure, go through the diabetes
cold weather checklist.
- Insulin (vials/pumps/tubing)
and test strips must not freeze. Keep them warm, under your jacket/pants,
and close to your skin. One idea is to wear shorts with pockets
under your ski pants. Store your pump in the pocket and the tubing
under your ski jacket/pants.
- Bring extra
diabetes supplies in case of issues or emergencies.
- Carry extra
glucose. Increased activity can cause low blood sugar.
- Wear a medic-alert
ID bracelet or necklace.
- Go with a
friend and make sure they know what to do in an emergency.
- Changes in
altitude, temperature, and activity level may affect your blood
sugar. Ask your diabetes health care team how to effectively manage
- Wear multiple
layers of warm clothing.
- Wear sunscreen.
Higher altitudes combined with reflections off the snow/ice increase
the sun's intensity.
- Bring and
drink lots of water. Even though it's cold, the higher altitude
and increased activity can cause dehydration.