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Diabetes = increased hot weather risks

Do you have diabetes?

If you are, you will be affected by heat differently than others.

The reason for this is that the micro-tears from the glucose in your blood may have caused damage to your sweat glands.

Since your body can’t cool itself, you are at an increased risk for a heat stroke/exhaustion, which is a medical emergency.

Also, when you get dehydrated, it increases your blood glucose, which causes you to urinate more, which dehydrates you even more.

Finally, high temperatures change how your body uses insulin, so you will need to check your glucose more often.

Remember to try to cool off in the indoors/shade and stay hydrated. Drink water even when you are not thirsty.

For more information, search “Managing Diabetes in the Heat” at www.cdc.gov.

Amanda Cudney, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

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