Weather and Its Affect on Health

Uncle Lew
By Uncle Lew Latest Reply 2011-11-29 19:22:23 -0600
Started 2011-11-29 08:21:10 -0600

I have been reading messages in our community on how weather affects blood glucose levels. A few of our members mentioned Mediclim. I went to their web site I found Mediclim interesting but lacks substance. I joined the 90 day free membership to give it a try.
What bothers me is that they have no supporting data on climate/health relationship. I went to the diabetes section and found a general rehash of common knowledge that we who have diabetes already have. There is nothing to indicate how weather changes affect diabetes or why. In seem that in a few of the diabetes sections the Mediclim disclaimer is more extensive than the information provided. I also noted that there was only one alert in October and one in November yet the weather here in New Jersey has been a roller coaster ride from a blizzard to yesterday’s 72 degree temperatures. It seems to be that if this is a real science that there would have been more alerts.
Does anyone in our community have any information of substance regarding the relationship between climate and health (specifically diabetes)?

5 replies

Caroltoo 2011-11-29 18:35:10 -0600 Report

Perhaps another part of the issue is that it is commonly accepted fact (don't know if it's documented) that people who live in cold climates eat more carbs during the winter months than they do during warm weather. Saw this regularly when practicing in the Pacific NW. Sometimes this was connected to SAD, sometime just to the cold.

Regardless, if cold=increased carb intake, it could also related to increased dx rates during the winter.

Here in Hawaii, we have hurricanes, tsumamis, and volcanoes as well as earthquakes, torrential rain, flooding, misty weather, and beautiful sunshine. Mary's quote fits here too: wait five minutes and it will change. Makes for glorious scenery, but I've never made a connection to BG shifts. I had SAD when living in WA, but not a trace of it here.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-29 09:47:10 -0600 Report

Uncle Lew, I do not have any scientific information but personal experience. I have Chronic pain from a back injury. When the weather is changing I hurt more so then at other times. On one visit to my doctor I said that the weather is changing, he said their is no scientific proof that weather affects people but that his arthritic patients had been complaining all day. He believes that weather changes do affect pain levels. It is common knowledge that pain levels will affect BG. I live in WA state so we do have the wonderful fast weather changes like you do. A common saying here is "If you do not like the weather wait 5 minutes it will change."

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-11-29 16:50:40 -0600 Report

I know the pain you feel. I ruptured my right quad tendon three years ago. I was told before I had the surgery to repair it that my leg will swell and it will be sore and achy at the end of every day and I will be able to tell when the weather changes.
The weather changes can affect my BG numbers. But it is the pain caused by the weather change and not the change in the weather itself that does that. The weather only indirectly causes the BG numbers to change. Mediclim implies that the weather is a direct factor on influencing diabetes but offers no substance to back their statements.
Here in NJ we get hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, earthquakes, floods, searing heat, frigid cold and just about everything else. It is said that after living in NJ you can live anywhere.
Lets hope the weather is fair for both of us.

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