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You Can Handle Summer’s Diabetes Challenges

People who have diabetes – both type 1 and type 2 – tend to feel the summer heat more than people who don’t have diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat glands so your body can’t cool as effectively. That can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

People with diabetes get dehydrated more quickly. Not drinking enough liquids can raise blood sugar, and high blood sugar can make you urinate more, causing dehydration. Some commonly used medicines such as diuretics (“water pills” to treat high blood pressure) can dehydrate you, too.

High temperatures can change how your body uses insulin. You may need to test your blood sugar more often and adjust your insulin dose and what you eat and drink. This checklist can help make sure you handle summer heat while taking care of your diabetes:

July 30, 2018

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