does diabetes cause you to be hot all the time?

tfuller
By tfuller Latest Reply 2014-04-15 21:14:39 -0500
Started 2010-01-03 02:23:43 -0600

im in upstate ny and its down in the teens and single digits.the cold never bothers me,i have worn a jacket in 15 years.it feels comfortable to me in the cold,when i sit inside and its around 60+ it feels hot to me and a sweat.i cant even sleep at night n the winter without a fan blowing on me and the heat off and im still hot.and my heat beats like a rabbit once i lay down.i checked i and my bp is normal but pulse is around 140.
is this normal???summer time is the worst,i sit inside with a huge a/c and if i go outside within 15 minutes im sick to my stomach and the sweat pour right off me badly


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nerdse
nerdse 2010-01-06 00:19:04 -0600 Report

First, my usual disclaimer. I'm a RN, not an MD, so please remember THIS IS NOT DIAGNOSTIC - it's explanatory. I will try my best to explain some of the factors that could be causing the problem - BUT YOU MUST SEE A DOCTOR TO FIND OUT FOR SURE WHAT IT IS. Doctors can take a while - "House" on the TV show makes plenty of errors before he gets the "zebra" diagnosis (doctors who teach in medical school find their students often look for exotic diseases, not more common problems; they call it looking for a zebra instead of a horse). TV shows always have "zebra" diagnoses - weird physical problems make much better TV than the everyday illnesses people have!
Diabetes is an endocrine system disease - insulin is a hormone, as is its opposite number, glucagon. When we think of hormones, we think of sex hormones most of the time, but adrenaline is a hormone, too. Any problem with one hormone can impact other hormones, too, causing a lot of different reactions.
Hormones impact the body in ways medical science doesn't fully understand. It can impact the autonomic nervous system, which can show up in high, low, or fluctuating heart rates, blood pressures, respiratory rates, &/or body temperatures.
Diabetes often targets the kidneys. In fact, most doctors will warn you about being careful with your sugars to keep you from having to go on dialysis, lose your sight, or have amputations, heart attacks, strokes, etc. The kidneys secrete many important hormones that control the acid/base balance, fluid balance, & the balance of electrolytes - things like sodium & potassium. In fact, 2 classes of blood pressure medications are often prescribed to diabetics to prevent damage to the heart & kidneys by helping regulate some of the hormones the kidney produces. The classes are ACE inhibitors (capoten, zestril, altace) & their 2nd generation, ARB2 medications (cozaar is just one example). One of the substances produced by the kidneys also triggers the body to produce red blood cells when the level drops too low (anemia) - erythropoeitin. In anyone who's had a kidney removed, or anyone whose kidneys are damaged, the production of that substance drops, causing chronic anemia - the worse the kidney damage, the worse the anemia.
In other words, one hormone gets affected & the rest can follow quite quickly. And hormonal derangements, as they're called medically, can affect other systems over time.
BUT…I haven't heard of diabetes making a person hot or giving them a high heart rate. I have only had diabetes for 7 months now. But I was hot all the time for years; it's only in the last 2, when the fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue got massively worse, that I've been "normal." I used to wear nothing heavier than a windbreaker until it was below freezing, & I generally didn't zip up a winter jacket until it was in the teens (unless it was windy). I didn't even don the windbreaker until it was below 40 outside! It's always been blamed on my size, but plenty of heavy people are cold all the time; & many normal size to thin people are hot all the time. I'm not sure what it is - typically, people with hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) supposedly can't stand heat & people who are hypothyroid (too little thyroid hormone) can't stand cold - but I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (low thyroid hormone) when I was 11, & I couldn't handle the heat most of my life. So much for that theory! Thyroid can be a factor, though - high thyroid hormone levels will make your heart race. And sometimes, detecting thyroid imbalances is tricky - usually, it's based on a ratio of the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to the amount of circulating thyroid hormone. The balance of how much TSH it takes to get the body to make enough thyroid hormone is more important than just how much thyroid hormone you have in your blood.
I'd say the high heart rate is likely not connected to being hot, unless you have thyroid problems although I could be wrong. I'd guess your physician already worked you up for thyroid problems, but it wouldn't hurt to check to make sure.
Sometimes, a rapid heart rate, especially one that comes & goes, can be from an abnormality in the heart's electrical conduction system. You said they did an EKG & didn't see anything - that's good - but have they done a stress test? It doesn't have to be running a treadmill; sometimes they give you various medications instead. Sometimes they do something called electrophysiology testing, where they try to induce the problem to see how to fix it. It's not always indicated, but it's something about which you can ask your doctor.
Some conditions affect both blood pressure & heart rate, but it seems to me you're saying it's mostly the heart rate, that the blood pressure is normal most of the time, so that helps narrow the probable causes.
When you're trying to track a problem, sometimes it helps to keep a journal - how long & how well you slept, what your pulse & blood pressure are, even your temperature; what you ate, what your sugars are before & 2 hours after meals (ask your doctor for more strips if you need them), any other medications you took, activity, etc. Also note anything such as injuries, illnesses, headaches, stomach problems, etc. See if any pattern emerges. Put down when you took any medications of any sort. Even small things can be important when trying to figure out this type of thing. Another tip: Anytime you feel weird, check both your sugar & all vital signs - heart rate, blood pressure, how fast you're breathing (respiratory rate), temperature. I don't know if you use insulin or pills, but if you use insulin, especially if you use corrective insulin for highs/meal coverage, keeping closer track will help you to control more easily.
I'm guessing you were advised to avoid caffeine as much as possible. If not, you might want to avoid it. A lot of people use ginseng, but it has the same effects as caffeine has, especially on blood pressure. Ginseng became popular in the 1970s as a caffeine alternative, but for me, it raised my blood pressure far worse than even an espresso or a Code Red. It depends on your body.
Another thing to do is ask your physician to take a look at all your medications - including all over the counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbals, homeopathic remedies, & any alternative medicine treatments. One thing I tell people all the time is "natural" is not always "healthy" or "safe" - marijuana, cocaine, & heroine are all "natural" products that are NOT safe! Some homeopathic arthritis creams have poison ivy in them; homeopathic stomach remedies often have arsenic. I use products like these at times, but I investigate every item on the list first. Any substance you put into your body to make you feel better - even eating more of a certain type of food than is normal - has side effects. Example for food: too many prunes, figs, dates, or raisins will have you counting all the tiles in the bathroom for a long time (and probably have you wondering if it's possible to overwhelm Febreze! lol).
The last item, night sweats, can be a sign of just hormonal fluctuations or high sugars, or they can be a sign of something serious. My mother had night sweats well past her surgically-induced menopause - because of renal cell cancer. The tendency for this cancer runs in families, so if there's no history of it in your family, you're probably not at risk for it. But it should be investigated, not blown off as "hormones." Hormonal fluctuations can be caused by benign or malignant growths in the body, as well as by medication interactions or high sugars. Or even from overzealous work on diabetes control that means your sugars run low too often.
Try doing the detailed journal, then take it to your doctor. Ask for an extended visit to discuss the journal & any patterns you see - or that you don't see any, if that's the case. Don't get paranoid about cancer - most of the things that cause the symptoms you're having are benign - just make sure everything's checked out.
I hope the things I tried to explain were helpful; email me if you have any questions. Sorry it was so long, but as you can see, there are a lot of possible causes for what you're experiencing. Some people do run a rapid heart rate, but if you haven't done so all your life, then it's something that needs investigating.

gregsDAD
gregsDAD 2010-01-06 00:09:30 -0600 Report

I have talked to my doctor several times about this problem it is 10 degrees outside and i'm sweatin now so I'm knowing exactly what ya mean I think it is something with diabetes but no one seems to be worried they just said that the thing i should be worried about is suddenly not sweating especially in the summer because this coiuld be bad for me.
p.s.- i buy alot of deodoant in summer time it is worse then
good luck
rw

Turtle
Turtle 2010-01-05 18:48:07 -0600 Report

I am the exact same way as you. In the winter, I wear shorts and a t-shirt. I sleep with the window open and the fan going. I live in the cold part of WA state.
I get warmer when my bg spikes and then I sweat like crazy. I cannot stand summer. I have to be in the air conditioning.
Turtle

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-05 19:06:00 -0600 Report

It was 20 something degrees this morning and it did not feel that cold. I wore skirt and a light weight jacket. I was comfortable.

SuzyAttendorn
SuzyAttendorn 2010-01-04 10:31:11 -0400 Report

I have been having what I thought were hot flashes for the last few months. Sometimes it is almost unbearable. We keep our bedroom around 60 at night, I get in bed and in a couple minutes, I am sweating. I always have to wear light shirts because it gets so bad. hmmmm maybe it's not hot flashes after all…
Suzy

Iroquois
Iroquois 2010-01-04 16:21:47 -0400 Report

Suzy, I am with you. I really think it is hot flashes. But at times I am stitting and really sweaty. I am always in shorts anyhow as I can't wear anything against my knees since after knee replacement which I hope will eventually disappear. But even when not having hot flashes I am really warm and feel it is comfortable and my husband is freezing. So I can attest to how you are warm. Kathy

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-01-03 21:43:08 -0600 Report

Heart rate of 140 is NOT normal. Another reason I am happy for you that you have gotten started with ongoing medical care. Best wishes.

tfuller
tfuller 2010-01-03 21:50:21 -0600 Report

i took a stress test and it came back negetive.havent been determined yet why it goes so high.but norally duting the day its around 100 to 105,but as soon as i lie down it jumps way up.

Inkaddiction
Inkaddiction 2010-01-04 02:38:36 -0600 Report

I forgot to add my heart rate…A *normal*, resting heart rate for me is 120… I can run around 100 if I take 1mg or so of ativan and kick back inthe recliner with my lap dog, Dr says its like my heart running a marathon with out my body, keeps me exhausted!!
Whether it has anything to so with the sweats, I have no idea…I do get the night sweats, I wake up soaking wet, have to get up and change jammies, sometimes the sheets too
My room stays around 56 to 61,I have no heat in there and an old leay window that blows in cool air, its better than the other bedroom

OH!…I did go to accupuntue, and the lady told me I held a lot of heat…she consintrated on the back of my neck, I could feel the heat leaving my body…my husband held is hand over my neck like you would a fire, and he could feel the heat leaving me…I froze to death while I was doing the accupunture…heated back up when I stopped…guess I should go back…it might have ust been me, but if you can do accupunture I would say go…tell them about the heat issue and see if it helps you?

ladyhawke92083
ladyhawke92083 2010-01-04 03:46:38 -0600 Report

I always run hot. It is the worst in summer, I sweat all the time. At least in the winter I get a little relief. I will be walking outside in short sleeves, while everyone around me has big coats on!

AddassaMari
AddassaMari 2010-01-03 17:13:41 -0600 Report

Now that you mentioned it, I notice that I have been sweating a lot lately, and that is something I never do. I will make a note to talk to my PCP on my next visit. I have just been thinking that the places I have been were too hot because it is cold here in Texas.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-01-03 09:14:57 -0600 Report

Been there and still there been this way all my life.My wife loves it sed I am hot all the time got to have the AC on till November and back in and on Feb
Its just the way I am the Doc sed its just me well I am glad to know that I am not the only one but sorry your going thrue it
Best wishes

tfuller
tfuller 2010-01-03 09:29:10 -0600 Report

my wife complains all the time,says shes freezing in the house while its warm for me.she sleeps with 2 winter blankets.i have a hard time sleeping so usualy up till 4 or 5am.then she helps me out by cracking the window and closes the door to make it cooler.
do you get the night sweats too? even with a fan blowing and no blankets on when i wake up its like i feel like i fell asleep with it 90 degrees

Harlen
Harlen 2010-01-03 15:52:57 -0600 Report

I can get them but I am lucky my wife runs cold and I run hot we the snugling is good and we keep the bead room cool I like it at 57 to 61 and I can sleep
H

BuddyK
BuddyK 2010-01-03 21:55:34 -0600 Report

I have been doing this for 57 years, and no, it's not that way for me. Doctor has me on a blood pressure pill now (kidney protection) and not only am I not hot, I side with your wife. Freezing.

Inkaddiction
Inkaddiction 2010-01-03 07:58:32 -0400 Report

I dont know if its *normal*…but I have the same problem, it was always chalked up to hot flashes for me, but I found out that is not the case…when other people are comfortable inside, I am sweating to death, in the summer I have to stay under an umbrealla to stay a little cooler, I get sick to my stomach also, I used to sleep with a fan, but have now switched bedrooms so I am down stairs where its cooler in the winter (wood heat)…I have to sleep with my feet poking out of the blankets, I call them my thermostats, seems to help keep me cooler at night…I really dont know what the problem/solution is, but dont feel alone, I suffer with you everyday…I will ask my Dr next time I go in and let you know what he says

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