WEB DESK: Diabetes is unfortunately a common disease which requires extra care in summer. Experts have found out how severe heat can impact on people with diabetes negatively and can cause numerous other health issues. Here’s information in this regard given below:
Maria Subang, MD a Kaiser Permanente Colorado endocrinologist says,“The summer season and heat and humidity go hand-in-hand, which can cause complications for people who have diabetes for several reasons.” Also, nerve damage worsens over all health condition and damages other organs including sweat glands which cool down our body naturally. “The inability to stay cool can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a medical emergency,” says Dr. Subang.
It is suggested to consume more fluids in summer however it is beneficial if you avoid sugary drinks completely. Sarah Rettinger, MD, board-certified endocrinologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica said,“High blood sugars increase the risk of dehydration, so it is especially important to keep well-hydrated.” Drinking iced tea, sodas, won’t do much. Plus, consuming beverages loaded with caffeine or alcohol aren’t hydrating and can impact on blood levels as well. “Dehydration can further tax the body and lead to even higher blood sugars, creating a vicious cycle,” says, Sarah Rettinger.
Paris Roach, MD, endocrinologist at Indiana University Health maintains that “Don’t forget about heat and humidity. The combination can be dangerous. There is some evidence that people with diabetes may not sense heat as well and may not sweat as effectively compared to people without diabetes.” Dr. Roach further said,”People with diabetes need to take extra precautions against overheating and dehydration.”
Not pay attention to harmful rays of sun or making any precautions can be harmful. You may not know that but sunburn can raise blood sugar levels. Dr. Roach says,”Sunburn can lead to ‘physiologic stress’ or stress to the body,”Plus, other illness like any injury or flu can make it difficult to manage your blood sugar levels. Lastly, Dr. Roach adds,”The elements of such a plan are often referred to as ‘sick day rules.”
Note: Above article was taken from Reader’s Digest and it is for information only. In case of an emergency, please consult to your doctor.