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Does Blood Sugar Affect Body Temperature

How Diabetes Affects Body Temperature

How Diabetes Affects Body Temperature

People with diabetes are likely no strangers to the sensation of waking up disoriented and dizzy. Although blood sugar lows are not ideal, they do happen, particularly as your body rests and processes overnight. While waking up in a cold sweat is certainly not a pleasant experience, most diabetics chalk it up to a bout of low blood sugar and move on. Low blood sugar, however, may not be the sole source of blame. Body Temperature Regulation The human body is best viewed as a device wired for electricity. Temperature regulation is the process during which heat is generated and kept going in order to create the electrical impulses required for your body’s organ systems to function at their optimal levels. When the electrical impulses become overwhelmed, your organs may experience something akin to an over-charged battery burning out, while a low heat source prompts a response similar to having a loose wire. Ultimately, body temperature regulation is one of the most important functions of your body. It is often taken for granted because in a healthy individual, body temperature is regulated and managed without thought or effort, but chronic illnesses and conditions can disrupt your body’s ability to properly heat and cool—including diabetes. Diabetes & Body Temperature If you’ve ever found yourself sweating profusely in a cool room, you may have been perturbed but shrugged it off. Similarly, you might have ignored uncontrollable shivering in a well-heated room and considered a bout of the flu as the most likely suspect. It may be, though, that your body’s ability to safely and effectively regulate temperature has been altered by your body’s response to diabetes. The failure to regulate body temperature is called “dysautonomia,” and ranges from severe (needin Continue reading >>

Diabetes In Hot Weather — 12 Things To Know

Diabetes In Hot Weather — 12 Things To Know

To date, 2016 has been the hottest year ever, and it’s getting hotter. From now on, coping with heat will be an important part of managing diabetes. Some knowledge that might help you: 1. High body temperatures can lower blood sugar. Mayo Clinic writers Nancy Klobassa Davidson, RN, and Peggy Moreland, RN, CDE, say you should check your sugars more often in the hot weather. 2. Sunburn can raise blood sugar. The Mayo Clinic advises wearing a good sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat while out in the sun. 3. Warm skin absorbs insulin faster, while dehydrated skin absorbs insulin more slowly. The closer you can keep your injection site to normal temperature and hydration, the better. 4. Dehydration from sweating can raise blood sugar and can lead to heat exhaustion. According to the Cleveland Clinic, people with diabetes are more likely than others to be admitted to hospitals for dehydration and heat exhaustion, and to die from it. High glucose levels lead to urinating more, which increases risk for dehydration. This may be especially true if you’re on an SGLT-2 inhibitor drug. Keep drinking water with a bit of salt if you are blessed to live in an area where water is available. Have a bottle with you and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Learn to check yourself for dehydration by pinching up some skin on your arm and letting it go. It should snap right back into place. If it goes more slowly, you are getting dehydrated. Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine in super-hot weather, as they are dehydrating. 5. Heat can damage insulin, other medications, and test strips. The Joslin Clinic advises people to keep their insulin cool, but not on ice. If you take medicines with you while you’re away from home, get a cooler bag to keep your medicines and test strips in. Ext Continue reading >>

Does Diabetes Affect Body Temperature?

Does Diabetes Affect Body Temperature?

Diabetes is a complex disease, affecting virtually every part of the body. The damage it does, to nerve endings, blood vessels, organs and the brain, is the subject of many, many scientific research studies. Several such studies have investigated the relationship between pancreatic secretions and core temperature changes. Findings from one study, conducted by the Scripps Research Institute and published in the January 2010 issue of the journal Diabetes, show that increases in pancreatic secretions cause a corresponding rise in core body temperatures. Core Body Temperatures Core body temperatures are those maintained within the trunk of the body and the head, which encompass all vital organs. Temperatures within the core generally remain fairly steady, with only slight variations, facilitating various enzymatic reactions. When core body temperatures go outside this narrow range for extended periods or to extreme levels, either becoming too low (hypothermia) or too high (fever), damage to the body occurs. Limited changes in core body temperature are common, related, among other things, to female hormonal cycles, the 24 hour wake-sleep cycle and the effects of severe calorie restriction. Brown Fat When insulin is either secreted by the pancreas or injected, changes occur in so-called ‘brown fat’ cells, resulting in an increase in core temperature and a corresponding acceleration in the rate of metabolism. Brown fat cells are adipose tissue that burns calories, rather than storing them, as white fat does. The pathway of insulin to these brown fat deposits is through the brain. Scientists experimented on rats, which have large masses of brown fat on their backs. They injected the preoptic area of the brain with insulin and then electronically scanned the brown fat. The r Continue reading >>

The Claim: Diabetes Makes You Sensitive To Heat

The Claim: Diabetes Makes You Sensitive To Heat

THE FACTS Summer can be uncomfortable for anyone. But for people with diabetes, the heat and humidity can be particularly hazardous. One of the complications of diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, is an impaired ability to adjust to rises in temperature, which can cause dangerous increases in body temperature during the summer. The underlying problem, nerve damage, occurs in 60 to 70 percent of Americans with diabetes; it can affect nearly every organ in the body, including sweat glands. When nerve damage keeps the sweat glands from working properly, the body fails to cool down as the mercury rises. In one small study, scientists compared diabetic patients and a group of healthy control subjects as they were exposed to increasing temperatures. The subjects were hooked up to devices that measured skin temperature, core temperature and sweat rates. As temperatures rose, the control subjects’ perspiration rates increased proportionately; their core temperatures stayed constant. “For subjects with diabetes, sweat seemed to plateau irrespective of an alarming rise in core temperature,” the scientists wrote. “The diabetic subjects’ generalized inability to sweat across the body had a profound effect on core temperature.” Research by the Mayo Clinic in Arizona shows that diabetic patients have higher rates of adverse events — like hospitalizations, dehydration and death — in the heat. Yet a survey by the clinic found that many were unaware of the greater risk and the need for special precautions. THE BOTTOM LINE People with diabetes are particularly vulnerable to hot weather. ANAHAD O’CONNOR [email protected] Continue reading >>

Diabetes, Insulin, And Core Body Temperature

Diabetes, Insulin, And Core Body Temperature

Diabetes can be seen in part as the body’s responses to a chronic low metabolic temperature condition. An article from November, 2009, in Science Daily online, called, Insulin Linked to Core Body Temperature, describes the research of a team of scientists led by the Scripps Research Institute who discovered, “a direct link between insulin … and core body temperature.” Insulin in the Brain and Core Body Temperature The scientists were investigating ‘warm-sensitive neurons’ in an area of the brain “known to regulate core body temperature.” They had learned that these neurons have an insulin receptor, and they found that when injecting this area of the brain in rodents with insulin, “core body temperature rose, metabolism increased, and brown adipose (fat) tissue was activated to release heat.” So the insulin was causing a rise in body temperature. Insulin, as it turns out, is part of the body’s thermostat. With regard to metabolism the body increases insulin levels as part of its effort to trigger a rise in core body temperature when that temperature is too low. The article explains that the body needs to maintain its temperature hot enough that, “key enzymatic reactions can occur.” Insulin Body Temperature and Fat The scientists inferred from their study that, “differences in core temperature may play a role in obesity and may represent a therapeutic area,” to help manage fatty tissues. They are not alone in this inference. Proponents of thermal therapy would say that abdominal weight gain can be caused by the body’s effort to insulate itself with white fat cells when core body temperature is chronically too low. Rather than turning to drugs, however, a thermal therapy proposes to heat the abdomen by external means (usually using far infra Continue reading >>

Change In Temperature Can Affect Blood Sugar Levels

Change In Temperature Can Affect Blood Sugar Levels

Back to Living Better Many diabetics are aware stress and illness can cause blood sugar fluctuations, but did you know changes in temperatures can affect blood sugar levels and lead to false readings? Sabrina Rene, M.D., an endocrinologist at Piedmont, explains how temperature can produce blood sugar highs and lows, and how they can affect diabetes testing supplies. Effects of warm weather on diabetics During warmer months, it is especially important for diabetics to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration can cause blood sugar to rise as the glucose in your blood becomes more concentrated. High temperatures can also cause blood vessels to dilate, which can enhance insulin absorption, potentially leading to low blood sugar. It is best for diabetics to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day and monitor blood sugar closely for changes when temperatures start to rise. Ideal storage temperature for diabetic testing supplies Extreme heat and cold can affect insulin, test strips and glucose monitors. Never leave these supplies in a car, no matter what time of year. The meter should also be stored and used in a room that remains between 50 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Dr. Rene says it is important to store test strips in a dry, cool place. “You never want to store test strips in your bathroom. The warm, humid atmosphere can damage the strips, causing them to produce false readings,” she says. Vascular problems and temperature changes Patients with vascular problems often do not have proper blood flow, especially to their extremities, and cold weather may exacerbate slow blood flow. Diabetes test strips need a certain level of oxygen and blood flow to accurately calculate the glucose level. The lower these are, the less accurate the reading, says Dr. Rene. Raynaud’s p Continue reading >>

Having A Hard Time With Blood Sugar Control?

Having A Hard Time With Blood Sugar Control?

Are you having a hard time with blood sugar control? Check your body temperature. Research shows that people with type 2 diabetes are more likely than normal to also have thyroid problems. People with low temperatures have a harder time controlling their blood sugar level, and are more likely to sustain collateral organ damage such as kidney failure. In fact, “Failure to recognize the presence of abnormal thyroid hormone levels may be a primary cause of poor management of diabetes mellitus type 2,” state one group of researchers. Even if your test results show normal thyroid hormone blood levels, you can still have problems with low thyroid hormone activity (Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome). WTS can be due to thyroid hormone “resistance.” Just like insulin resistance, this is a problem with faulty receptor sites on the membranes of cells. Your thyroid is secreting enough T4, the inactive form of the hormone, but it is not getting into cells, where it is needed. Or, T4 may be getting inside cells, but once, there, not being converted to T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. In either case, your blood tests may show normal levels of T4 and TSH, but you may still have problems related to low intracellular T3. An easy way to find out if you have adequate T3 in your cells is by taking your body temperature. A consistently low body temperature, typically below 97.8, strongly suggests you have slow metabolism, which could be due to low T3. (For more on how to take your temperature accurately, see “How Are Body Temperatures Measured“.) Slow metabolism and resulting low body temperature interfere with many biochemical reactions in the body, including proper glucose metabolism. You can be tired, hungry and have high blood sugar all at the same time! People with low Continue reading >>

Body Temperature Regulation In Diabetes

Body Temperature Regulation In Diabetes

Go to: Introduction Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, refers to a group of metabolic disorders which are associated with an impaired ability to regulate glycemia. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most prevalent forms of the disease representing ~10 and ~90% of cases, respectively.1 Type 1 diabetes was formerly known as juvenile diabetes due to its common presentation in children and adolescents, and is characterized by the endocrine pancreas ceasing to produce insulin following the immune-mediated destruction of β-islet cells.2 Therefore, management of type 1 diabetes always requires exogenous delivery of insulin. Although the causes of type 1 diabetes remain to be elucidated, it is probably caused by a combination of genetic predisposition (with >40 loci known to affect susceptibility)3 and various environmental factors including stress and viruses.4 On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is most often diagnosed in adults and typically involves a combination of insulin resistance and relative (rather than absolute) deficiency of insulin.5 While the causes of type 2 diabetes are also incompletely understood, a plethora of studies have found associations with excessive abdominal adiposity,6 sedentary lifestyle, and poor dietary habits7 along with genetic factors. In contrast to type 1, type 2 diabetes may be treated in several ways including non-insulin pharmaceuticals, lifestyle modifications as well as exogenous insulin administration. Diabetes is becoming a worldwide public health issue, with the global prevalence in 2014 estimated at 9% among adults.8 By 2035, the International Diabetes Federation has projected a prevalence of 592 million cases with an additional ~175 million going undiagnosed.9 In North America alone, ~7% (2.5 million) of Canadian adults Continue reading >>

Stupid Question (sugar Control + Body Temperature)

Stupid Question (sugar Control + Body Temperature)

Stupid Question (sugar control + body temperature) Stupid Question (sugar control + body temperature) I got a stupid question, recently my sugar control has been pretty good. I also noticed that I actually feel cold now, in the past I usually don't feel cold or need a jacket until the weather reaches mid 40s or lower. The weathers in the low 60s and I start shivering. It's not a hypoglycemic reaction, as I have been checkinig my sugars. Is there any corrolation? Same here. I used to be able to bring the garbage out in 30 degree weather wearing a short sleeved shirt and not feel the cold. Now, I have to wear a jacket when it's in the 50s and my hands feel cold from time to time. I used to joke that my thermostat was set 10 degrees higher than everybody else's. My wife called me her furnace. Since I've brought my BG under tight control, I've become......normal (somewhat Diabetes causes peripheral neuropathies, some of which are reversible. I'm just guessing, but I think that bringing BG under control into normal range causes peripheral nerves that sense cold to wake up again. When it's cold, capillaries should constrict and restrict blood flow to the skin surface and extremities. I think that response is impaired in poorly controlled diabetics. Since bringing my BG under control, i think that my peripheral nerves and capillaries are now working the way they should when it's cold outside, resulting in a more physiologically normal response to cooler temperatures. BTW, my pedal pulses are strong - I would suggest seeing a podiatrist or your PCP to get them checked once a year if you have diabetes, well controlled or not. Dx: Type 2 in 04/2016; Diet induced oxalate kidney stones in 12/2016 A1c: 6.9 in 2/2018; 6.1 in 7/2017; 6.0 in 2/2017; 6.1 in 11/2016; 6.2 in 08/2016; 11. Continue reading >>

Body Heat Processed Sugar Dangers

Body Heat Processed Sugar Dangers

When your body wont do what you want it to, and you dont do it cause you know youre through. Whats that? Body heat! It was some 36 years ago when the late Godfather of Soul James Brown released his Bodyheat album with those lyrics. The lyrics cover a large range of emotions and one is how do you handle your bodys heat? It has been said with a great deal of truth that you are what you eat, so beware that excess processed sugar increases body heat. There is a significant amount of information to know in preventing real internal body heat since carbohydrates become blood sugar in the body, but one thing for sure is that consuming a lot of processed sugar will cause an unnaturally high blood sugar spike. Typically, the foods that cause heightened perspiration are stimulants that speed up many of the bodys natural functions. Often, eating sugary foods can raise body temperature and stimulate sweating, although these effects do not last very long. Consequently, without thinking you find yourself doing it again eating more sugary filled products to reverse the sugar crash with a sugar high, which can lead to excessive sweating among countless other long term health complications. Under some circumstances for some people who eat too much processed sugar it will increase their heart rate. Processed sugar is an inflammatory that is a high glycemic substance that raises insulin levels and high insulin levels activate enzymes that raise levels of arachidonic acid in the blood. Even though our body requires fuel in order to operate high glycemic index foods, processed sugar is converted into blood glucose within a few minutes. As well as the stress response raising the heart beat, processed sugar works negatively to narrow blood vessels which causes the heart beat to increase. Eati Continue reading >>

How Hot And Cold Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

How Hot And Cold Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

Find a weather-proof location to exercise all year round. Working out in your living room or local gym, or even just walking your local mall are all good options. When temperatures start to get out of control, so can your blood sugar. Both hot and cold weather extremes can affect your testing equipment and your medications, and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Research shows that when it’s hot out, more people with diabetes end up in the ER and are hospitalized because of heat illness. The number of deaths in diabetes patients due to heat illness also increases in summer. Low temperatures can be an issue for people with diabetes as well. But you don’t have to let the environment have the upper hand. Taking a few smart precautions can help you outsmart Mother Nature. Here are the adjustments to make depending on where you live and the weather forecast. 6 Tips to Survive the Summer Heat Take these steps to keep your diabetes under control when the temperature soars: Stay hydrated. Lori Roust, MD, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, explains, “The problem is that in the heat, people tend to get dehydrated easily. When you’re dehydrated, you have higher concentrations of blood sugar because less blood flows through your kidneys. With less blood, your kidneys don’t work as efficiently to clear out any excess glucose (blood sugar) from your urine.” When it’s hot, be sure to drink plenty of water or sugar-free drinks. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to replenish fluids. Store your medications properly. High summer temps can affect your diabetes medications, glucose meter, and diabetes test strips. “When it’s hot out, it’s easy for insulin and other drugs to become degraded,” Dr. Roust says. Be su Continue reading >>

Body Temperature Can Have Profound Impact On Diabetic Patients

Body Temperature Can Have Profound Impact On Diabetic Patients

The World Health Organization estimates that of the 500 million people worldwide thought to have diabetes, 90% have type 2 diabetes and the number diagnosed with diabetes by 2020 will increase dramatically. As the review by Dr. Glen Kenny and colleagues titled “Body temperature regulation in diabetes” highlights, diabetes can impair the body’s ability to thermoregulate leading to a relative inability to adequately regulate core temperature. As they discuss in their review, this can have a profound impact on the ability of individuals with diabetes to work and play in adverse environments which includes workers in many vital industries who may be regularly exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Glen P. Kenny of the University of Ottawa has directed his research activities at understanding how vulnerable populations such as older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions respond and adapt to harsh environments and extreme temperatures. In collaboration with Mr. Ryan McGinn of the University of Ottawa (medical trainee) and Dr. Ronal Sigal of the University of Calgary (endocrinologist, world expert in physical activity and diabetes), their review published in the journal Temperature discusses how their research assessing the effects of diabetes on the body’s ability to dissipate heat, along with the previous work in this field, is playing an important role in advancing our understanding of the physiological factors that contribute to increased vulnerability to thermal stress in individuals with diabetes. This information is particularly timely considering that rising ambient temperature has been identified as a major threat to global health especially in the most vulnerable populations groups such as those with diabetes. A Continue reading >>

Hyperglycemia: When Your Blood Glucose Level Goes Too High

Hyperglycemia: When Your Blood Glucose Level Goes Too High

Hyperglycemia means high (hyper) glucose (gly) in the blood (emia). Your body needs glucose to properly function. Your cells rely on glucose for energy. Hyperglycemia is a defining characteristic of diabetes—when the blood glucose level is too high because the body isn't properly using or doesn't make the hormone insulin. You get glucose from the foods you eat. Carbohydrates, such as fruit, milk, potatoes, bread, and rice, are the biggest source of glucose in a typical diet. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, and then transports the glucose to the cells via the bloodstream. Body Needs Insulin However, in order to use the glucose, your body needs insulin. This is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps transport glucose into the cells, particularly the muscle cells. People with type 1 diabetes no longer make insulin to help their bodies use glucose, so they have to take insulin, which is injected under the skin. People with type 2 diabetes may have enough insulin, but their body doesn't use it well; they're insulin resistant. Some people with type 2 diabetes may not produce enough insulin. People with diabetes may become hyperglycemic if they don't keep their blood glucose level under control (by using insulin, medications, and appropriate meal planning). For example, if someone with type 1 diabetes doesn't take enough insulin before eating, the glucose their body makes from that food can build up in their blood and lead to hyperglycemia. Your endocrinologist will tell you what your target blood glucose levels are. Your levels may be different from what is usually considered as normal because of age, pregnancy, and/or other factors. Fasting hyperglycemia is defined as when you don't eat for at least eight hours. Recommended range without diabet Continue reading >>

The Link Between Diabetes And Body Temperature

The Link Between Diabetes And Body Temperature

Diabetes and Body Temperature: Managing Cold, Numb or Tingly Feelings When you live with diabetes, it’s not uncommon to feel cold or numb, especially in your extremities. Your core body temperature is closely tied to your metabolism, and since diabetes wreaks havoc on your metabolic processes, you’re bound to sweat, shiver and shake more than the average person. Part of the problem comes down to your diabetes management, but that’s not the only force at play. Circulation, insulin levels, nerve problems, and other lifestyle factors could be interfering with your natural heat regulation. Find out what’s behind your cold, numbness or painful tingling, and take steps to kick-start your internal heating system. How Peripheral Neuropathy Leaves You Cold When diabetes goes uncontrolled for a long time, the nerves in your hands and feet could sustain permanent damage. This sort of nerve damage in the extremities is known as peripheral neuropathy, and it can interfere with all sorts of regular sensations. For many people, nerve damage leads to pain, numbness or tingling. You may feel a “pins and needles” sensation in your fingers that lingers for a long time, or you could lose sensitivity, making it more difficult to pick things up or feel different textures. In some cases, the opposite is true — heightened sensitivity makes any contact agonizing. Since the nerves in your limbs also monitor temperature and send those signals to your brain, it’s not uncommon for hands and feet to feel abnormally cold, too. Coldness or numbness that stems from peripheral neuropathy often brings along some other common symptoms, like: Sharp pains Cramps A burning sensation Loss of reflexes Loss of balance If you haven’t noticed any strange symptoms in your extremities other than t Continue reading >>

How To Manage Your Diabetes In Extreme Summer Heat

How To Manage Your Diabetes In Extreme Summer Heat

We often look forward to changes of season, but if you have diabetes , you need to be extra careful when temperatures climb dramatically. Extreme heat can affect your blood sugar control. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy If you use insulin or if your treatment of blood sugars is inadequate, this can put you at higher risk. Often, worsening blood sugar control is the main concern. Depending on the situation and your level of physical activity, low blood sugars are also possible. Extreme temperatures can also damage your medications and testing equipment. I always remind my patients to take precautions to protect themselves and their supplies during both winter and summer. If a patient’s blood sugars are mostly higher than 250 mg/dl, I recommend improving blood sugar control before engaging in heavy physical activity — regardless of the climate and the temperature, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. The extreme heat of summer affects blood sugar levels. How the heat affects your levels depends on what you’ve eaten, whether you’re well-hydrated and your activity level. If the heat and your activity make you sweat profusely, you may become dehydrated, leading to a rise in glucose levels. If you become dehydrated, your blood glucose levels will rise. This can lead to frequent urination, which then leads to further dehydration and even higher blood sugar levels — a kind of vicious cycle. Further, if the treatment includes insulin, dehydration reduces blood supply to the skin and, therefore, less absorption of injected insulin dosage. Most types of insulin can tolerate temperatures from 93 degrees F to 95 d Continue reading >>

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