cold winter

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2014-02-10 15:23:53 -0600
Started 2014-02-06 07:18:15 -0600

Does the cold winter low temps affect glucose readings? My
morning test has gone up a little.

6 replies

IronOre 2014-02-09 21:35:59 -0600 Report

If it does then mine should be sky-high . . . very frigid here in Wisconsin this winter.
I think you bring up an interesting point, because if you live in a normally warm region and all of a sudden it becomes cold, then how does that affect ones (blood and) BS?
The reason I say this is because it is my understanding that something happens to the blood (not sure what it is) that helps people in cold regions deal with the cold. Since it has been so cold here zero degrees has almost no affect on me, like it did in the beginning of winter.

Glucerna 2014-02-06 16:23:05 -0600 Report

Glucometers aren't affected by temperature unless it's extreme, such as above 85 degrees or below freezing. Avoid leaving your meter in the car when it's really cold outside. Could it be possible that you're exercising less or eating more due to the cold weather? That happens to most of us! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-06 11:41:34 -0600 Report

I live in the Mid-Atlantic region and we have had cold weather most of the winter. I have not had any problems with my blood glucose readings. However, high humidity and extreme cold can have an effect on your meters and test strips. Your manual and the label on the bottle should tell you what temp you can keep them at to be most accurate.

If you test higher in the morning it could be what is called the Dawn Phenomenom (Liver Dump). The liver releases carbs during the night. This can clear up if you eat a protien just before getting into bed.