High Altitude and Blood Sugars?!?!?!?

By 1FLYCHIK Latest Reply 2013-03-01 15:31:51 -0600
Started 2013-02-26 12:43:40 -0600

Hi Everyone. I wanted to see if anyone knows or has experienced this.
I am traveling to Peru in 2 weeks to do some charity work and I am wondering if the high altitude there will affect my levels?
Have any of you experienced this?
If so, how did you manage them or what precautions did you take???


13 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-02-28 11:33:14 -0600 Report

Everything else effects it, so why not high altitude?! Then the question becomes does low altitude send it the other way? I live and work at 1300-1400 feet, so where does high altitude start? May the Lord bless you and keep you and your team be safe from harm and disease.

GabbyPA 2013-02-27 18:06:53 -0600 Report

When I traveled to New Mexico a while back I found that my levels were elevated when we were camping. I was exercising more, eating better and less, but my levels still seemed to climb the mountains with me. Not really bad, but I would say I struggled with an additional 40 points of average.

granniesophie 2013-02-26 15:16:40 -0600 Report

I go up to the Grand Canyon every year for a week for work, and the altitude there (8800 feet) doesn't mess with my levels at all! I do, however, get alititude sickness badly after my 2nd day up there, which is no fun at all, and makes it hard to work! Remember to drink lots and lots of water-it is supposed to help with that, and enjoy your time there.
Sounds like you will be doing good things and enjoying your visit as well :)

Nick1962 2013-02-26 13:25:15 -0600 Report

I asked about this a few years back. Most responses were minimal increases if at all.
Also, something I didn’t think of – check your meter for any instructions on high altitude use. Since the chemical reaction that does the measuring requires oxygen (and it is thinner at high altitude), it can make readings be a bit lower.
I’m jealous and will be expecting pictures.

1FLYCHIK 2013-02-26 13:27:11 -0600 Report

Thanks for the meter info! I didnt even think of that! I am sure there will be plenty of pix! :)

Nick1962 2013-02-26 15:52:37 -0600 Report

Actually, check your strips too. Mine say there is no change up to 7200 feet (2195 meters). They say nothing above that.
Best wishes for the trip!

Bully 2013-02-26 12:48:59 -0600 Report

I have been to Colorado on a couple of occasions and never had any deviations. Areas visited include Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs.
I reside in the Chicago Suburbs.
Hope this helps—enjoy your trip!

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