Staying active during the colder months of the year is an important part of managing one’s overall health. From tobogganing to skiing to snowshoeing and ice skating — whatever it is, one way to keep the body moving is to participate in winter sports. For most people winter sports are an exhilarating way to get in some exercise when the temperature drops. While the same rings true for those living with type 1 diabetes, some extra preparation and effort is required.
Let’s face it, between the bad weather and frigid temperatures, winter doesn’t bring that many joys, except for the fun winter sports! Diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way of enjoying outdoor activities, it just requires a few extra steps in order to ensure proper safety.
Caring for Technology
When the temperature drops below freezing, many of the technologies used to manage diabetes stop working. Not only does the freezing temperature affect the technology, but it also affects the medication itself. Unfortunately, if it freezes it will stop working. Even once it’s thawed, it loses the majority of its function. Taking care of diabetes devices and medication while participating in winter sports is extremely important.
Here are some tips on what to use to manage diabetes that will help keep medication at a functioning temperature…
If you’re someone who needs a pump, wear it close to your body, pressed up against your skin. Make sure the tubing is tucked into your pants and not hanging out in the open. If it’s exposed, it could freeze the medication.
Wear it on the front of your body for easier access (i.e., waistband on tummy, clip-on undershirt, or sports bra).