Diabetes & Summer: Heat, Feet and Supplies
When the temperature gets even mildly hot and humid (above 80 degrees with 40 percent humidity), people with diabetes should be careful as they’re at higher risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and foot problems.
Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion: You can’t always rely on how much you’re sweating as an indicator of how hot it is. High blood glucose levels can dehydrate you, preventing the body from sweating normally, and causing you to pass more urine than usual. And some medications increase the risk of dehydration.
Feet First: In addition to the heat, in summer be extra careful with your feet if you have diabetes. An injury from walking barefoot or from wearing sandals can go unnoticed if you have diabetic foot, a condition that causes numbness in the feet. And unnoticed means untreated for longer periods of time. Plus, diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slower to heal. So wear supportive shoes, inspect your feet daily and if you find a sore or wound see your doctor right away.
Supplies: Keep your diabetes supplies away from direct heat and sunlight.
Free Pre-diabetes Classes from GMC in 2016
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or have risk factors associated with developing pre-diabetes, you can take steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
The first step is to call the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center at Gwinnett Medical Center to sign up for a FREE “Stop Diabetes STAT” class.
In this class, a certified diabetes educator will teach you steps towards making effective lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve your health and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
There is no fee to attend the class, but registration is required and class size is limited. Classes will be repeated each month in 2016, and will be offered at both GMC-Lawrenceville and GMC-Duluth. You only need to attend one class. Learn more or register by calling 678-312 6048.