Exercise is a key component in diabetes management plans, and individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be more likely to meet their physical activity goals during the summer months when there is plenty of opportunity to spend time outdoors.
However, the hot weather may pose certain risks to individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
A recent article published by Fox-31 News Online reported that people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be more susceptible to dehydration than those who do not have the disease.
The news provider explained that low blood sugar levels may accelerate the rate of dehydration, so it is important for diabetics to stay hydrated throughout the day.
“Checking your blood sugar is very important because with the extra energy that your body has to use to stay cool, your blood sugar may go down more than it normally would,” said pediatrician Cathy Palmier, quoted by the news source.
She noted that some individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes have an impaired ability to sweat, which may make them more likely to be affected by even moderate heat.
Warm weather may also affect diabetes medications, the news organization stated. Temperatures above 86 degrees may cause abnormal interactions between ingredients in diabetes treatments, which may alter their efficacy.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who require insulin should store their supplies at room temperature. Bottles of insulin that are not in use can be kept in the refrigerator, but they should be taken out long enough to warm up before they are put to use, the organization says. This is because chilled insulin may cause injections to feel more painful.