With the clocks going forward this weekend, the official build-up to summer has started! The seemingly longer days, coupled with blue skies all but transform us in to a more carefree and relaxed society. For most, summer diminishes our stress levels and heightens our sense of wellbeing. However, if you have diabetes, summer means you have to be extra vigilant when monitoring your blood glucose levels.
If you treat your diabetes with insulin, it will be absorbed quicker straight from the injection site in increased temperatures, raising the risk of hypos. Also, extended periods of being exposed to the sun can cause your blood sugar levels to rise.
Nevertheless, this does not mean that you have to become a hermit and avoid the English summer we are all hoping for.
Adhere to these 3 simple tips and enhance your safety as we venture into the summer months.
1. Test with your GlucoMen more
For the reasons previously outlined, you may need to increase the number of tests you complete per day and alter your insulin dose or diet appropriately.
2. Keep your GlucoMen meter and sensors out of the sun
Your GlucoMen meter and strips will work in temperatures up to 45°C, but we recommend avoiding exposing both to direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. For the most accurate results, keep your meter and strips as close to room temperature as possible, but do not keep refrigerated.
3. Store your insulin appropriately
If your blood glucose levels are reading higher than expected over a prolonged period of time, it may be due to the fact that your insulin has been adversely affected by the sun. During the increased temperatures of the summer period, we recommend that insulin is either refrigerated or stored in a cool bag, making sure it is never frozen.
Insulin that has been damaged by heat will change depending on the type of insulin you are using. Regular, or clear, insulin will become cloudy, whilst NPH, or cloudy, insulin will take on a grainy texture and stick to the glass walls of its container. Insulin may also change to a brownish colour if it has left in bright sunlight.
If your insulin is displaying any of these changes, do not use it. Please seek the advice of a healthcare professional if you have any doubts.
Whilst enjoyment is up there with the highest of priorities this summer, please take a moment to ensure that you are staying safe in the hot weather. If you would like anymore information then please explore our website further.
By Elliot Cryne
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