Summer heat and Diabetes

By Dean0868 Latest Reply 2012-08-14 01:32:38 -0500
Started 2012-06-24 12:02:18 -0500

I live in Kansas where the summers are hot and humid. I have noticed that I am not doing well with the heat. Living in apartment with 2 dogs means I am walking around outside several times a day. I find that I am sweating a lot and feel slightly queasy.

I drink about 3/4 of a gallon. Mostly different varieties of tea.

Does anyone else experience this?

49 replies

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-07-02 10:44:13 -0500 Report

I live in the upsate area of the Carolinas,its been abit hot here. yesterday the temp was 103, my neices rabbit died from the heat yesterevening, it even had shade to try and protect it somewhat. For myself,I find that I get light headed whether I am outside being active or just outside doing nothing at all… I used to live in Atlanta ,GA where the tempature was always high during the summer, I didnt have any problems with the heat until after I had a few diabetes strokes.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-30 10:58:10 -0500 Report

Well I thought I was bad living in NM northern part of mountains, yet we've been in the 90s this week. Our heat is dry, no humidity that's good!

Somoca 2012-06-29 12:10:25 -0500 Report

I have the same problem. I have to restrict my movement in the heat. Errands are done early in the morning and cooking for the next day is done late at night , like spaghetti, lasagna, chili,. Work I go in early and I when I leave I carry cold water and an umbrella. People use to laugh at me now I see a few people carrying one also, guess I'm not so silly afterall, :D

irishbear 2012-07-05 14:11:04 -0500 Report

Found a new product at Bed Bath & Beyond. It's called a Chilly Mat, sold for $14.99, you wet it, wring it out and put around your neck to keep you cool all day. Just keep re-wetting, can use cold or warm water. It's machine washable on gentle cycle, don't dry, store wet in a zip lock baggie in between uses. Going to try it out in a couple of days when I go hiking, also going to try it out when I run errands. I always get so hot my face turns red and I need to hydrate and sit for a little bit.

mystikfairy61 2012-08-13 23:49:01 -0500 Report

When we had the bad heat wave earlier this summer, I used wet towels to keep cool and it helped. Don't guess it would be good for someone at work, but works well at home.

jayabee52 2012-08-14 01:32:38 -0500 Report

it depends, of course, on the work situation in which you are. Some situations I have done just that without problem.

Nana_anna 2012-06-28 07:24:24 -0500 Report

I used to live in Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1982-1991. I loved it. It was so hot in the summer. I was young then. I didn't like being outside in the heat. If you didn't have A/C then you used fans. Which didn't help much on hot nights. I remember my family sweating at night! Living in Flordai 24/7 I am used to it, but can't stand to be it the summer's heat!

Cin D
Cin D 2012-06-28 00:17:03 -0500 Report

Yes I do to. I am visiting friends and family in Texas and I am so hot and sweaty that it is unbearable!!!

Jan8 2012-06-27 19:30:32 -0500 Report

Tomorrow's weather forcast is heat index will rise to 100 to 105. I'll believe it when I see it. If it's true, I will be staying inside because that kind of hot just kicks my butt !!

kaiya2465 2012-06-26 17:31:03 -0500 Report

It is 109 here in South Dakota, so I feel the frustration. I do feel nauseated when it gets hot, I just try & drink a lot of water, use ice packs, & wet towels. I have yet to be able to eat when it gets hot though.

Best Wishes.

jimLE 2012-06-26 09:56:55 -0500 Report

i live in east texas..and its been getting up to 98 n hotter..and heat index dont help any..pluse its been real humid as well..i have a straw hat with a bandanna pined to the back of it to protect my head n back of my neck when im out in the heat of day..straw hats is all i will wear on acount thats where a person loss's most of thier body heat.and i get bad head aches to easy if i do diffrently..takeing a shower after a walk is a good idea.and it might be a good idea to take a rinse off shower before the walk as well..on acount that might lower your body heat a lil bit before the walk..i find that takeing a early morning walk is a all around better idea for me and my dog..we walk between 1 tent of a mile up to 2 tents of a mile each way..liveing in the country makes it easy to do that..n more enjoyable to me..if there's a pond or a lake or swiming pool where you and your dog(s) can go swiming dureing the walk.that might make it a lil nicer..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-26 09:14:00 -0500 Report

Dean try Maryland with its heat and humidity we were at 98 with 90% humidity and if felt like 103 outside.

I have found that I do not do well in heat at all. You have to stay hydrated. I find that tea doesn't work. Water is the best for this. Thursday it was very hot here with high humidity. We had a Prayer Walk scheduled. That morning I tossed a bottle with all but a cup of water in it into the freezer. Just before leaving the house, I filled the bottle the rest of the way. During the walk the water melted but was still cold.

For your dogs, look in PetSmart or Pet Co for doggie Canteens. They are great. they have an attached removable bowl and you can put this in the fridge to chill and carry it on the walk for the dogs. We have one that we used for our dog when we took him out to the vet. We didn't walk him because we have a yard.

pixsidust 2012-06-25 21:42:04 -0500 Report

St Louis is horrible too and I have to walk two dogs as well. I make my walks longer early in the morning and evening. Then in the higher heat times of the day, I walk one block up and then back. Try soaking a small towel wet and put in the freezer. Throw it on your neck when you go out.
Do a quick shower one soaping up & rinsing off when you get back. You will feel refreshed and others will appreciate it. I do, there is not reason to ration your showers. You will cool off faster and the frozen towel will feel so good. If it gets hot, wave it in the air and put it back on. My dogs hate the heat too. Its hard on all of us

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-06-26 09:18:55 -0500 Report

Pixie the towel is great. I was in Family Dollar and found a freezer pack that is a gelled freezer pack. I keep it in the freezer and instead of freezing the towel, I pull it out and wrap it in a towel and because it is gel it forms to your neck. I don't always remember the towel.

On hot days and I have to go out, I toss my favorite scented lotion in a zip lock bag and put it in the fridge, when I come back I take it out take a quick shower and slather the cool lotion on. It feels great. You can also chill your body spray and use it.

irishbear 2012-06-26 19:32:52 -0500 Report

I keep all my colognes and body sprays in the fridge, they stay true to scent until empty and in the heat feel refreshing when you use them. Been doing
this for over 20 years.

jayabee52 2012-06-25 17:22:24 -0500 Report

howdy Dean0!

I used to live in Sw KS and I know how it can get there. But try living in a hot and dry heat like Las Vegas or AZ. The water leaves your body without forming sweat and you can become dehydrated in a flash. before one knows what is happening. I am constantly carrying around my filtered water bottle and sipping from it every few minutes. That's the only way I can stay ahead of the dehydration here. Then I have to pee also.

Just keep ahead of the water loss!


Dean0868 2012-06-25 19:16:22 -0500 Report

I love! the dry heat. I would trade 115 and dry over 100 and humid anyday.

Hope it isn't too unbearable where you are.:)

jayabee52 2012-06-25 19:48:41 -0500 Report

right now I am in Milwaukee WI with my g/f and I believe it was in the 80s today with about 65% humidity.

irishbear 2012-06-25 14:14:04 -0500 Report

I have found for me besides lots of water, lemonade can really help quench a thirst and help with the sweats. What I have done for that queasy feeling… ginger ale, ginger tea and peppermint tea. Really helps! Good luck and bear hugs!

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-06-25 09:52:26 -0500 Report

I live in Cleveland Ohio and our summers can also be hot and humid. Thank God not so far this year :) One of the things that came to my mind as I read your post is your blood glucose levels. Sweating and queasiness are signs of low blood sugar. If you are on insulin, you have a better than average chance of having low blood sugar.
If I were you, I would take my meter along next time I go out and when that sweating and queasiness hit you, take your blood sugar reading. I would also take along some Dex4 tablets or something your doctor recommends that you take when your blood sugars are low.

Typically, we think of low blood sugar when the meter reading comes in at 70mg/dl or below. However, if you are experiencing high blood sugar levels regularly, you could be feeling the sweating and queasiness if your blood sugar levels are just 40 or 50 points lower than your usual levels.

Drinking water as was suggested by so many friends here is also very, very important. If you are on insulin and you become dehydrated you could go into ketoacidosis which is a life threatening condition. Check with your doctor.

Good luck and God bless you!

Dean0868 2012-06-25 11:22:32 -0500 Report

We are in the triple digits! No rain in sight either. YUCK!

My first inclination was to assume that BG was low. So I kept testing. My levels were fine, no big drops. I already drink BUCKETS of healthy fluids but I increased my intake. No appreciable difference.

Now, granted, anyone would feel yucky in triple digit heat. I did contract Mono and started showing symptoms at the end of April. I still seem to be dealing with the fatigue associated with the virus. Chances are likely that because my body is still in "fight infection" mode, it is working harder and the heat is an extra stressor.

Thanks for replying! Stay cool.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-06-25 11:47:54 -0500 Report

Good for you! You are proactive and doing everything you can to take care of yourself. The mono may just be catalyst for your fatigue. Take it easy for now. Your body maybe trying to tell you that it needs a bit more time to recover from mono. You probably should check with your doctor as well and let her know that you are experiencing these symptoms.
I applaude your attitude and how proactive you are in terms of this issue. Please keep us all posted as to the outcome. We'll be thinking of you and holding good positive thoughts for you!

Nick1962 2012-06-25 07:45:32 -0500 Report

You might want to look at what you're drinking. Tea is loaded with caffeine which is a stimulant. As soon as i severely cut my coffee consumption, the sweats went away.

mistyeyez34 2012-06-26 22:59:15 -0500 Report

Hello Nick… I have a question for you.. I am a Type 1 and have been for almost 20 years+.. I sweat constantly, and I drink a little of everything.. By that I mean a diet soda, and lot's of the Crystal light peach iced tea.. Do you think that that is what is causing me to sweat.. It's to the point where I will put a shirt on and not even 10 minutes go by and it's wet..

Thank you.. Kari

Nick1962 2012-06-27 07:56:29 -0500 Report

That certainly could be one reason. For me, anything like a stimulant (caffeine, sugar, etc.) that would get my heart or metabolism going made my body feel like I was exercising even if I was just sitting still. Also for me, being overweight had a lot to do with it. Imagine walking around 24/7 carrying a television - thats a workout. But yeah, swapping out the sugary drinks for water would probably help. I use the crystal light as an energy drink before I exercise, but otherwise it's just water. I know it's a hard habit to break.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-24 19:20:44 -0500 Report

Just currious, Are you taking metformin?

Nichole07 2012-06-25 00:45:55 -0500 Report

Can you get dehydrated from metformin ?

old biker
old biker 2012-06-25 08:40:22 -0500 Report

In some cases maybe yes due to side effects listed as excess sweating and diarrhea..medication side effects are so different for each person..This time of year dehydration should be a concern for every one..When I was actively working construction, back then I was on Actos and 1000mg of metformin..I just drank plenty of water like everybody else and never had a problem..If you have any real concerns where dehydration is an extra problem for you..I would check with your doctor or pharmacy

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-24 12:26:10 -0500 Report

Hi neighbor 1 state to the East. We have hot and usually dry, until a rare rainstorm cools us briefly, than it's hot and humid for a short time. The hot and humid feels hotter.
At work I have always been told water is better than tea in hot weather. Seems the medical community thinks tea can dehydrate you. So am used to encouraging my residents to drink water, I drink mostly water.

Caroltoo 2012-06-24 12:08:21 -0500 Report

I have felt that way much of my life…light headed and slightly queasy in the heat. It's only been the last few years when my BGs have really been under control that I've not noticed it much. I always wondered if it was a mild form of dehydration for me, but you sound like you get plenty of water. How are your BGs? Have you discussed this with your doctor?

The other thing I've done is get regular chiropractic care. My chiro always used to tell me that this light headed feeling was frequently the result of a C1-C2 misalignment. Adjustment would help it in a matter of minutes most times.

Dean0868 2012-06-24 12:54:52 -0500 Report

My BGs are good. Sometimes a bit low but not horribly so.

I ended up with mononucleosis/Epstein-Barr at the end of April. Perhaps my body is still fighting it.

Thank you for the posts!

old biker
old biker 2012-06-24 15:45:56 -0500 Report

I agree with Carol..It takes awhile for some people to get over mono. The lingering effects can last awhile,,I hope you feel better soon