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How Does The Cold Affect Diabetes?

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Managing Diabetes In The Heat

How to keep your cool during the hottest time of year. Did you know that people who have diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—feel the heat more than people who don’t have diabetes? Some reasons why: 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, which is a medical emergency. People with diabetes get dehydrated (lose too much water from their bodies) 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 like 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. Drink plenty of water. Test your blood sugar often. Keep medicines, supplies, and equipment out of the heat. Stay inside in air-conditioning when it’s hottest. Wear loose, light clothing. Make a plan in case you lose power. Have a go-bag ready for emergencies. It’s the Heat and Continue reading >>

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  1. mo91108

    HOW DOES A COLD AFFECT BLOOD SUGARS

    I was just wondering because my blodd sugars have been normal but the second I got sick, they have been ridiculously out of control. woke up at 157 then ate lunch at 161 and I only ate protein for breakfast. Same as yesterday I was sick yesterday as well. It's horrible it's not the flu it's like a cold but it's horrible. Any advice ont his?

  2. MewElla

    My plan of action when I feel a cold or just not up to par is start drinking a lot more water to stay hydrated…seems to help me.

  3. Kaiyle

    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ILL WITH DIABETES:
    http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/diabadults/D...

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