The summer heat can often be unbearable for most, and for those with a chronic health condition like diabetes, it’s important to take extra care when it comes to extreme temperatures. Below are five easy ways diabetics can beat the heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids - Increased body temperature can result in the loss of body fluids through sweat. Dehydration may occur quicker in those with diabetes. Drinking plenty of caffeine-free fluids such as water, sugar-free iced tea and lemonade, and limiting alcohol consumption will help to reduce your risk of dehydration.
- Stay Cool – Heightened activity in warm weather increases your risk of overheating. Take breaks in air conditioned spaces or in the shade and give your body time to cool down.
- Store Medications Properly - Always store your blood sugar meter, strips and insulin in a cool, dry place. Regardless of the type of insulin, injectable diabetes medication, or meter and test strips, they should never be stored in the freezer, direct sunlight, the car or the car's glove compartment.
- Wear Sunscreen – A broad-spectrum, water resistant SPF 30 sunscreen should be applied daily to all areas of the body that will be exposed to the sun.
- Protect your feet – Summer is a great time for outdoor activities (beach, pool, parks, etc.). When enjoying these places, always wear protective footwear to prevent something from cutting your feet. Also, wearing well-fitting shoes prevents blisters.