Diabetes and Heat

By

Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN    

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Whether you love hot weather or it’s something you just tolerate, learning to adapt to the heat is an important part of staying healthy. As the mercury climbs, we often hear public service announcements warning us about the dangers of extreme heat. While these warnings often mention dangers for people with lung or heart disease, they don’t usually say anything about diabetes. But people with diabetes do have a higher risk of developing heat-related health problems, and many don’t know it.

Protecting Your Medicines and Testing Strips

If you take insulin, you know it needs to be kept in a cool place. Heat reduces insulin’s effectiveness to the point that it may not work at all if it gets too warm. So carrying your insulin pen in your pocket or small purse when it’s hot outside could put your health at risk. You should also be careful if you use an insulin pump. There have been reports of too-warm insulin clogging up tubing and reservoirs in some pumps, making it harder for them to work properly.

On top of tracking your diet and blood sugar, regular exercise is a key part of managing your diabetes. And while any exercise is better than none, certain activities have specific benefits for people with diabetes.

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