I have type 2 diabetes and my body doesn't handle carbs well. I've been hibernating a lot because of the heat and humidity lately (feels like 103 degrees or higher), but I am missing my outdoor walks. My park is not shady, although they do have seating in shady areas near the trail. I know I can walk before 10 am or after 3 pm, but I'm worried about dehydration since I'm 64 years old. I've been having a little asthma or hyperventilation the past couple of weeks, although my blood pressure is good. And I have no problem breathing through my nose but still find myself doing open-mouth breathing to get more air. I've ordered something that measures my oxygen level and heart rate, but just want a sports drink or something "in case". I tend to sweat profusely and drink plenty of water, but at night I have extremely painful leg and foot cramps and my shin hurts almost like it's cramping. I do get plenty of sodium in my diet. I see that some people use coconut water, but I can't stand the taste (the ones I can find locally are loaded with sweetener), and I was wondering if I should use a sugar free sports drink — I'm afraid of the artificial sweeteners because they caused a friend of mine to have a stroke. Any advice? Thanks.
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