Safety Tips for Being Active in Cold Weather

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Wear wool

If you are planning to be out in the cold, moisture is your enemy. Cotton doesn’t wick moisture away from the body very well and it doesn’t dry quickly, so avoid wearing cotton products. Wool, silk and technical apparel, such as smart wool, are better options.

Always layer your clothing

Layering your clothing is very important. Use many thin, warm layers rather than a few thick ones. This will insulate your body more effectively and allow you to take off layers if it warms up.

Keep your hands and feet warm

This is very important for people living with diabetes. Hands and feet are vulnerable to the cold, so if you're spending long periods in cold weather, buy a pair of liners for your hands. Toe warmers are a great idea, too.

Watch for signs of frostbite

Depending on the temperature and wind chill, frostbite can set in within minutes. The first sign is a prickly or itchy sensation. Next, the skin will turn red, white, pale or grayish-yellow and start looking hard or waxy. That's followed by numbness and blisters. If you get blisters, don't pop them.

Wear sunscreen

It's as easy to get sunburned in the winter as it is in the summer — even more so if you're out in the snow or at high altitudes. Wear a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and a lip balm that contains sunscreen as well. And protect your eyes from snow and ice glare with dark glasses or goggles.