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The summer heat in many parts of the nation these days is tough enough for Diabetics, special precautions is required. “People with diabetes are at increased risk of experiencing difficulties in the heat, even though they may not be aware of it.
Here are some tips to manage heat- Remain hydrated – If you have diabetes, dehydration (the loss of body fluids), also can occur when blood glucose is not under control. When blood glucose is elevated, this can lead to an increase in the body’s excretion of urine. To prevent dehydration drink plenty of caffeine-free fluids such as water, seltzer or sugar-free iced tea and lemonade. Limit your intake of alcohol.
Take attention for the signs of heat effect - If you are working outdoors and having diabetes than you are more susceptible to heat effect you may feel Symptoms like feeling dizzy or fainting; sweating excessively; muscle cramps; headaches; rapid heartbeat and/or nausea. If you feel any of these symptoms, move to a shaded and cool area, drink fluids like water or fresh juice and go for medical chekup.
Exercise schedule is in early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are moderate.
Check blood glucose levels regularly because heat can cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate.
Store your blood glucose meter, strips and insulin in a cool, dry place.Do not store insulin in extreme temperatures.it will spoil due to temperature. Never store insulin in the freezer, in direct sunlight, in the car.
If you have any questions about coping with heat or other extreme weather conditions, consult with your doctor.