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Heat and Diabetes

Thursday, July 19, 2012

It has been a hot summer this year. Many days, the heat index has pushed over 100. I thought I was prepared and, yet, there is always something new to learn. My job is partially outdoors. Enough where I have had to rethink my whole diabetic strategy.

I noticed I was really sweating. Not just southern glistening, but sweat running down my face, off my nose and clothes soaking wet sweating after just a few minutes out side. I would look around and this wasn't happening to anyone else. What was causing this display of water flow?

First, I wan't eating the right way. No, my carbs were a little high, but not that high. I wasn't eating frequently enough to keep my sugars somewhat stable in the heat. Yesterday, I saw my numbers fall 60 points in a short time. I, then saw them go the opposite direction in even a shorter time.

Second, while I was drinking a lot of water, I wasn't timing it. For example, I was drinking when I felt thirsty and I was hot. Instead, yesterday morning I drank 16 oz before I even got started and it made a difference.

Third, I wasn't accepting that now I need to move a little slower. Heat is hard on diabetics or at least this diabetic and I am not that spring chicken any more. I am learning to go a little slower and not feel pushed. Rushing around when it is 113 real feel out there isn't going to work any more for this diabetic.

By the time the summer is over, I will be prepared for next summer.
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