The Diab Days of Summer...
Life's not a beach, it's a diabeach 🌊 - especially when dealing with #T1D in the summer... I've definitely been sugar surfing/belly flopping through some major waves, as the extreme heat & humidity adds yet another challenge to managing BGs (& frizzy hair, but for me that's beyond the point of no return). Here's my summer survival strategy so far:
1) Stay hydrated💧, especially if you're very active outdoors. You're also sweating more, which can further contribute to loss of fluids & make anything white a questionable wardrobe choice. If our body's supply of water isn't replenished, this can cause dehydration & rising blood glucose levels. High sugars lead to increased trips to beach porta-potties, which worsens dehydration & makes BGs ⬆️⬆️even more. Hence, the vicious cycle. Make day drinking (H2O) your MO & avoid alcohol, sugary drinks & caffeine-ridden soda.
2) Monitor BGs more often than usual, & watch out for signs of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of overheating can also mimic hypos😥- I personally have made that scary mistake & experienced some urgent lows, attributing the typical warning signs to "it's just the heat." Always double check your sugars to confirm what's actually going on.
3) Keep your supplies cool & dry. Insulin is higher maintenance in the summer & does not fare well in extreme temps. When outside, I carry my precious pens in frio packs to protect them from direct sunlight. I also make sure the vial is clear before use.
4) Sweat, sunscreen & swimming can all make the adhesive on CGMs/pumps more slippery in the heat. I learned this (very expensive) lesson last weekend when I opted out of wearing extra tape around my CGM in order to avoid a "funny tan line" at the pool. Yup, it fell off & I still had a weird tan line anyway. @pumppeelz & @grifgrips are my favorites for keeping things secured.
5) Barefoot is overrated. Wear real shoes that protect your feet from cuts, burns & bruises. Flip flops don't count. Nope, not even havianas.
6) Lastly, have fun. The diab days of summer don't last forever