High Temperature

By runthe Latest Reply 2011-06-10 22:10:18 -0500
Started 2011-06-07 11:09:55 -0500

Hi all we are having extreme heat here in Chicago. They are warning everyone to stay indoors or go to cooling centers to stay cool. Right now it is just 88 degrees and The heat index is making it feel even hotter. does the weather have a affect on us being diabetics? I have to walk my dog at least 3 times today so I will be out in that heat. I plan on drinking plenty of water today so as to stay hydrated. Hope all have a great day. Stay cool

22 replies

WendyFR 2011-06-10 22:10:18 -0500 Report

Yes, the heat makes my bsl sky rocket. I live in Texas and it's been in the mid 90's for the last 10 days and it will be like this and maybe hotter throughout the summer. If you go out, please drink plenty of water…stay hydrated.

PetiePal 2011-06-09 09:16:06 -0500 Report

Sweating more and having trouble regulating body temperature I believe can make your sugars drop. Also dehydration!

jayabee52 2011-06-09 10:39:37 -0500 Report

Doesn't dehydration thicken and concentrate one's blood, therefore raising one's Blood Glucose count?

marla50 2011-06-09 01:22:20 -0500 Report

yes the heat can make your blood sugar drop. that's why we are not suppose to do sauna's or jaccuzzis. my spelling is horrible. make sure u take some source of glucose on your walks.

MoeGig 2011-06-08 18:46:29 -0500 Report

I grew up in Maine, so never appreciated shade until we moved to the DC area. Our back yard is treed and 10-15 degrees cooler than the front yard exposed to the sun.

Keddiekilowatt 2011-06-07 13:00:47 -0500 Report

Hi, I'm in Crawford County, IL and it is already 93 degrees and humid. We can't afford to use the AC, so I'm going to just have to find ways to survive the heat here on the farm. If I get bad enough there always a cold shower and of course drinking plenty of water.

sweething 2011-06-08 09:23:12 -0500 Report

I know it's miserable isn't it? I live in southern Illinois and one plalce close by was way over 100; i think our highest is 98 so far this year. I literally don't sweat the way I should so my body doesn't cool itself any. I have a smalll fan I use and keep a cold washcloth on my forehead. Good luck! (Do you have any cooling centers closeby where you could go for a couple of hours during the hottest part of the day?_)

Keddiekilowatt 2011-06-08 10:39:07 -0500 Report

We live on a little farm and at this moment we don't have transportation. The next town of any size is Robinson and I could go to Walmart or some other store to keep cool for awhile, otherwise no. The closest cooling center that I am aware of is in Terre Haute and that is over 40 miles away on the Indiana side of the Wabash River.

Dev 2011-06-07 17:36:39 -0500 Report

Some things we used to do in India were hanging wet sheets in front of the fan or canopy below the ceiling fan. cools the air. but not sure how it would work with humid air.

jayabee52 2011-06-07 19:46:42 -0500 Report

it's probably would work about the same as so called "swamp coolers" would work: not so good. There may lower the temp a bit, but really not enough to make a big difference.

runthe 2011-06-07 13:49:30 -0500 Report

I can only imagine how hot it is in Crawford County. Try to stay cool and drink plenty of water..

Keddiekilowatt 2011-06-07 15:00:00 -0500 Report

I will. I have been dealing with this kind of heat most of my life. I grew up in Linton, IN. It is in Greene County about 40 mile south of Terre Haute.

jayabee52 2011-06-07 15:10:23 -0500 Report

I grew up in Nw OH. about 50 mi so of Toledo OH.

And the house in which I grew up wasn't air conditioned and had a metal roof. Talk about sweltering! Many nights in the summer I could NOT get to sleep even though I had put in a hard day on the farm. Just TOO hot and humid!

Thank goodness we had a farm pond. Once I took a midnight dip in the pond I could sleep like a baby.

tweetydele 2011-06-07 22:56:03 -0500 Report

i grew up in yuma az where it would get about 120 some days, but i was young so didnt bother me. we would stay out as much as we were allowed except b tween 12 amd 5 pm. of course i wasnt diabetic then either couldnt live in that heat anymore. here in missouri gets hot enough for me.

CaliKo 2011-06-07 11:48:07 -0500 Report

It's like that all summer in Texas. And by "summer" I mean from May to October. My friend from Chicago called her mother after having moved here in August and told her she had moved to hell. If possible, make your first walk with your dog early in the morning. I go on my early morning walk by 6 a.m. at the latest. When you are out later, cover up with light weight clothes and be sure and wear a hat and take a bottle of water. Maybe your last walk could be after the sun is down. Stay in the shade where you can. I haven't noticed the heat having an affect on my blood sugars, but it might be just because I am used to it. I am pretty thin-skinned and am pulling out sweaters if the weather drops below 70. Good luck!

runthe 2011-06-07 12:11:18 -0500 Report

I went to Dallas a few years back and omg it was unbearable. I could not believe how hot it was. I will take the suggestion and walk my poodle early and before noon and then late after the sun goes down. thank you for your reply.

Sweet Potatoe
Sweet Potatoe 2011-06-07 11:47:19 -0500 Report

Heat in Mississippi is the same. Our temps have been in the 100's for the past week. I really wish you didn't have to walk the dog during the noon hour, it's the hottest time of the day. I would drink plenty of water and carry a bottle with me. Take care…

jayabee52 2011-06-07 11:46:00 -0500 Report

Howdy Rhonda!
I did a search of DC where folks spoke of heat: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...

Actually in the Mojave desert today it is rather mild. Its only in the 80s here today. But it is a dry heat! I grew up a couple hrs east of Chicago, so I know that the heat and the humidity can be a killer (both figuratively and literally).

Be careful out there! And stay hydrated!

Suggestions: walk your dog in the early morning hours and then again after 5 pm to avoid the worst of the heat.

Blessings to all


runthe 2011-06-07 12:16:12 -0500 Report

Hi jame, hope that all is well with you.. I usually walk my poodle at 7 am and then around 12 or 1. I'm taking him out now before it gets any hotter and then again after 6 or 7 after the sun goes down. You have a blessed day James.

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