As the summer months roll in, many people are keen to enjoy the sun and outdoors. However, if you're living with diabetes and rely on insulin, the rising temperatures can be challenging. High temperatures can affect the potency and effectiveness of insulin, making it important to take extra care in preserving your insulin. Let's explore the best ways to protect your insulin during the warmer months.
Correct Insulin Storage
Proper storage of insulin is important to maintaining its effectiveness. Insulin should be stored between 2°C and 8°C when possible (36°F to 46°F). In hot weather, this can be challenging. Here's what you can do to store your insulin safely:
Use a fridge or an insulated cooler bag to keep your insulin cool while on the go. Make sure not to have your pens directly in contact with ice, so that it freezes.
Avoid exposing your insulin to direct sunlight, as this can lead to overheating and spoilage. Our UV blocking neoprene pouches are a great option for this.
Don't leave insulin in a hot car for extended periods; take it with you whenever possible.
Plan Your Activities
When planning outdoor activities, plan for optimal insulin storage too.
Plan your meal times and insulin injections to coincide with cooler/shaded locations, so you can minimise exposure to high temperatures and sunlight.
Avoid extended periods of direct sunlight and high temperatures, as this can compromise your insulin's efficacy.
Stay Hydrated and Monitor Your Blood Sugar
In hot weather, dehydration can impact blood sugar levels. Stay well-hydrated and monitor your blood sugar regularly. High temperatures may cause your body to become insulin resistant, so be prepared to adjust your doses as needed.
Diabetes should never hold you back from enjoying the fun of summer. By following these tips and using Type Strong's adhesive patches to secure your CGM, you can confidently enjoy the warm months while keeping your insulin safe and effective. As always, consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice on managing your diabetes during the summer. Stay cool, stay protected, and make the most of the sunny season!