Staying in the shade will protect your skin and your health. 

Staying in the shade will protect your skin and your health. 

Summertime. The living is easy and obviously hot. A little sun gives us our needed vitamin D. On the other hand too much sun can be harmful, especially for  folks with diabetes.

There are several reasons why the heat severely affects people with diabetes.

Nerve Damage or Neuropathy compromises the sweat glands making the body less efficient at cooling down. The result is heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Another reason heat adversely affects people with diabetes is their increase risk for dehydration. Poorly managed blood sugar causes the body to lose excessive water resulting in dehydration. Also, some blood glucose medications along with medications to treat the complications of diabetes such as diuretics for high blood pressure causes water loss. 

Finally, the body uses insulin differently when temperatures are high and sunburn increases your blood sugar. 

Here are some tips to protect yourself during the hot weather.

  1. Drink plenty of water BEFORE you feel thirsty.
  2. Avoid high caffeine and alcoholic beverages. These drinks increase fluid loss. 
  3. Wear sunscreen, loose fitting light clothing and hats when outside.
  4. Do not go outside barefoot, even at the beach or pool area. 
  5. Exercise indoors . If you must exercise outsidedo it BEFORE the temperature rises.
  6. Check your blood sugar, before, during and after exercising.
  7. Keep your medications in a cooler.

These simple tips should help you deal with your diabetes during the summer.

If you have any other questions or suggestions please post them in the comment section below. Your input could help others. As always, you can schedule an appointment with me.