Whether you are going on holiday or simply spending some time outdoors in the heat, high temperatures and the close humidity can have an influence for people with diabetes.
This may partly be explained by increased activity in hot weather, but there is no doubt that the heat does affect some people with diabetes in other ways.
Dehydration can be an issue in hot weather, and higher blood glucose levels can further increase this risk.
People with diabetes may need to increase their intake of fluids in hot weather, drinking water regularly through the day.
One of the major concerns regarding diabetes and hot weather is the risk of blood sugar levels rising or falling and causing hypoglycemia.
Tips too stay safe with Diabetes during a heat wave
To prevent hypos, be prepared to test your blood glucose more often, particularly if taking part in physical activity in hot weather. Keep a source of fast-acting carbohydrate at hand, such as glucose tablets or a sugary drink.
You may need to adjust your insulin levels during changes in temperature. If you are experiencing higher or lower blood sugar levels and need advice about adjusting your insulin levels, speak with a member of your healthcare team. And don't forget to use the spike app for insulin reminders!
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