Monday 28 April 2014

Here come the Summer!

...which for a diabetic can mean only one thing: the low blood sugar chronicles are afoot.

There is a myriad of reasons why blood sugars rise and fall. Some days can be a whodunnit of usual suspects in the blood sugar battering game; other days the culprit is glaringly obvious. But it is usually this time of year that I know for definite that summer is on the way. Despite the usual moanings and groanings from the dismayed British people that our summer offers only drizzle and countryside mist, my blood sugars are the tell-tale sign that the country is indeed warming up. 

I love Summer. And I love the sun. But heat has always been a game-changer for me when it comes to low blood sugar levels. Everything from how often they happen, to how to predict them, becomes a battle of (near) epic proportions. 

Someone once told me it's because the body gets hotter and capillaries open wider in order to cool us down. That in return gets insulin pumping through the body much quicker, causing frequent and unpredictable hypos. I'm not sure if that's true or not (any ideas?), but either way, it's time to get the sunscreen out people. Summer is on its way. 

So if we needed any sign that the Summer monsoon is a-comin', my CGM trace suggests a big old yes. 

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