How to manage your diabetes in the summer

How to Manage Your Diabetes in the Summer

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

With spring, come hopes of summer, and since spring is right around the corner that means two things: people are preparing their bodies for the summer sun and temperatures are rising! Let’s take a look at what the summer heat means for someone with diabetes.

Extra Dehydration

Even for people without diabetes, the summer is a dangerous time for dehydration. However as someone with diabetes, you are at even more of a risk for dehydration. If your blood sugar is elevated, your body will excrete more urine causing you to become dehydrated. Pair this with the summer heat and you have an unfortunate combination. To avoid the risk of being dehydrated, try to stay away from drinks that contain excess amounts of sugar (which will spike your glucose levels) and caffeine (which will simply dehydrate you). Instead of these, bring a thermostat full of chilled water or unsweetened iced tea.

Heat Exhaustion

People with diabetes should be especially careful about the signs of heat exhaustion because they are more susceptible to overheating. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: sweating excessively; muscle cramps; dizziness or fainting; skin that is cold or clammy; muscle cramps; headaches; rapid heart beat and/or nausea. If you begin to exhibit some of these symptoms, move to a cooler environment, drink fluids, and seek medical attention.

In order to avoid heat exhaustion when you are exercising outside, you can join a gym (most gyms have air conditioning) or exercise early in the morning or late at night when the temperature is more moderate than in the afternoon sun.

Blood Glucose Monitoring

It is important to check your blood glucose levels at least four times per day, or more often if you are not feeling well. Remember to consult with your health care provider if you are not sure how often you should check your blood glucose levels. Heat can cause your blood glucose levels to fluctuate, so make sure you have water and snacks on you wherever you go.

Remember: store your blood glucose meter, test strips, and insulin in a cool, dry place. Storing any of these items in extreme temperatures can cause them to malfunction.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 2-6-2014, 2:00 PM

2 Responses to “How to Manage Your Diabetes in the Summer”

  1. Abdul Fattah says:

    Very valuable information I obtained. Thanx

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