Insulin requirement is higher in the cooler months in southwest Florida. Activity level generally stays the same but hypoglycemia is more prevalent in the heat. Running auto mode basal
I walk during all the seasons. Some days for unknown reasons I have higher than usual blood glucose levels. Overall I have good control.
I have never looked for or noticed a trend, but I don’t think changes in my A1C are statistically significant or follow any pattern. Traveling and vacations make BG control challenging, so that might be a cause for higher summer AIC numbers, while less activity and holiday food might cause higher winter numbers. So it all evens out, and the test is just an average, anyway.
I haven’t noticed any trends. My A1C has been going down quite a bit since COVID-19, mainly because I have nothing better to do than monitor my CGM and make changes to my insulin dosage accordingly. Once we feel comfortable traveling again and life becomes somewhat “normal”, there may be some impact on A1C.
I have noticed that going through a very stressful time can affect blood sugars more than seasons. When my husband was in a nursing home and following his death, my A1C was higher. Exercise helps stress and so does eating healthy. Lots of people like comfort foods, during stressful times, but comfort foods are high carb yummies. This has been a tough year for all ages and diabetes is just one part of the equation for we T1Ds.
I only have my A1c checked 1-2x a year so I wouldn’t be able to track that information well based on season. However, Until covid hit for the last 8 years prior my A1c has always been a steady 6.3 A1c. It’s gone up a bit with the lack of normal life and movement though.
Although seasons may affect lifestyle and especially activity I make adjustments in my insulin using an insulin pump to keep things in good control all the time. Interestingly, I often get a lower A1c each year in November or December after we have taken our yearly 2 to 3 week trip to Italy. We rent an apartment on a farm and cook our own breakfast and supper’s. We generally eat the noon meal which is the main meal out every day which always includes pasta and bread but there is always lots of walking even just to get to the restaurant and then sightseeing all afternoon. We also usually go for a walk after supper. There’s not much in the way of television or entertainment so walking and enjoying the countryside is a frequent activity.
Usually during the summer mine stays relatively normal, I do a lot of swimming which lowers it, but in the winter I’m typically less active so it gets a little higher.
Summer is my highest A1C it’s when I am very active always on the go Icheck the fence take care of the yard and garden and gain weight. all other seasons i loose the most weight and have lowest A1C and the least active to almost none
Winter is my highest A1C. I don’t get outside as much and the holiday dinners where the family eats and then sits around and talks are a disaster for my BGs! 🙂
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Winter due to the drop in physical activity in other words in not as active in the winter months. That said it does not really impact my A1C though I just adjust my pump accordingly.