Boy, is it HOT!!!

By ston3xc Latest Reply 2010-07-30 17:20:50 -0500
Started 2010-07-29 08:58:35 -0500

This summer has been really hard on me and other diabetic friends I have. We would like to know how the hot weather affects diabetics in particular. How are people on the site dealing with the heat?

19 replies

gregsteele 2010-07-30 11:00:33 -0500 Report

Here in AR. the heat has been brutal 95-100 with 60% humidity sometimes higher i must say i hate summer as with the rest my #s rise a little if i go out in it but i try to stay in the a/c i am moving this weekend so will be in it alot will stay well hydrated and hope for it to go fast love to all GREG

petals 2010-07-29 11:10:23 -0500 Report

It has been really hot here in Ky. We have had temps reach 100, and the heat index of 114!!! So I stay in when I can, drink lots of water, powerade, and thank God for a.c"s in the car!!!

LennyDenny 2010-07-29 09:54:00 -0500 Report

I really is hot!!! I live in PA and have had 4- 90+ days last week and 3 this week so far. My dr's tell me that heat will raise BS some, but to stay hydrated and cool when ever possible. I carry a water bottle with me every time I'm outside. When working outside around the house my wife keeps me cool with the garden hose. Hey works for me.

kdroberts 2010-07-29 09:32:53 -0500 Report

Yeah, it really sucks. I'm not used to crazy heat and it gets me every year, we really haven't been able to get outside recently because it's so hot and humid. The rain just makes it worse!

I think overall the heat makes people be generally less active and possibly eat/drink more calories trying to stay cool and hydrated which is not great for diabetics.

This was posted a while back, it contains more things that hot weather can do.

ston3xc 2010-07-30 07:13:36 -0500 Report

OK, I have a question that I've been wanting to ask someone and you might be the one to ask. I used to work at a factory that was very, very hot. The inside temp would reach 102+ in summer. This year of course, was probably much worse. Last Sunday, I heard that a co-worker died that morning after he had worked the previous afternoon. He was diabetic, sweated profusely, drank lots of water but had nueropathy really bad. After reading your link, I've been wondering if the factory conditions might have contributed to his death, he was only 58?

kdroberts 2010-07-30 07:57:16 -0500 Report

It could have but there would also be a poorly controlled diabetes component if that was the reason. Bad neuropathy suggests maybe his blood sugar was not where it needed to be and that combined with the heat may have cause too much stress on his body. That's just a guess, an autopsy and a lot of other things would need to be done to prove a link though. I would also question if temperatures that high violate OSHA regulations.

ston3xc 2010-07-30 17:20:50 -0500 Report

I have a friend that still works there and she is going to find out the results of the autopsy. High temperatures violate OSHA regulations? Interesting. Thanks for responding to my reply!

Corynthus 2010-07-30 12:46:59 -0500 Report

yep I drink more and eat more and do less activity. I now cannot even sweat when it is very hot. i just seem to be in a dizy state and get sleepy for no reason. But if i stay in the house and stay under the fan or A/C and keep my body tempurature cool I be ok :). but I surely miss going out and doing the activities that i used to do in the summer :) ( Well there's still the beach and the public swimming pools right? *smile * Oh and don't forget water world park. That might be a nice place to go to if we are hot and want to go out and have a nice day

Harlen 2010-07-29 09:18:07 -0500 Report

Its hot
I hide in the man cave its cool down there lol
Thank god for A/C house ,car and the store lol
I live in Maine and it realy dose not get that hot here I am from Atlants and it dose get hot down there lol
Best wishes

ston3xc 2010-07-30 07:16:32 -0500 Report

We live in an old house so we have window ACs in living room, bedroom, and hubby has one in his man cave, too!

Thomas508 2010-07-29 09:15:06 -0500 Report

Sweating like crazy! : ) My numbers have been a little higher the past week, I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the heat or not but it has been really hot here! My Ac didn’t cut off last weekend and we finally got a little rain Tuesday and allowed it to cut off, temps have only been in the mid 90’s since and it has kept up since. I’m curious if the heat could cause you to have higher numbers, maybe from drinking more?

xc 2010-07-29 09:27:58 -0500 Report

I went to see my doctor and she said the heat can raise your blood sugar a little and have to be carful of ktones. so drink plenty of h2o and some powerade zero. its good, refreshing, and give you some vitamins at the same time.