Managing blood sugar during the Summer

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Dr. Dylan Wyatt, an Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Luke’s, says that while we welcome warmer weather, Summer can mean added challenges for those with diabetes, “High temperatures change the way our bodies use insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. For diabetics, be sure to have a good idea where your average blood sugar has been during previous days before going out into the heat.”

For some, this could mean moving physical activities indoors, and when you are outside, plan ahead by bringing supplies. This includes having water, snacks, testing supplies with you at all times.

“Finally if you feel dizzy, weak, or nauseated, take a break and check your sugars immediately.”

Dr. Dylan notes, “If you need to bring insulin, be careful to avoid letting it get too hot. Talk to your pharmacist to see if you need to keep the insulin below a certain temperature and plan accordingly.” You may need to test blood sugar more frequently.

People with diabetes are more likely to be dehydrated in the heat, which can lead to an increase in blood sugar.

“The best way to avoid dehydration is to hydrate early and often – once you begin to feel thirsty you’re likely already behind! Frequent, smaller sips will be better than drinking a whole bottle at once.”