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Summer Increases Risks for Diabetics

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Diabetics should take precautions to avoid conditions associated with high temperatures

Posted July 22, 2011



Spiking temperatures and increased exposure to the sun can pose particularly dangerous health risks for the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes. With temperatures expected to rise to record levels across the nation, experts caution that people with diabetes must take extra care to avoid serious, heat-related conditions.

“The beach, the pool and the park are popular places to cool down and stay in shape when the temperature rises, but people with diabetes heading outdoors may not realize they are at greater risk for serious, heat-related illness,” says Dr. Deneen Vojta, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA). “Diabetes actually impairs a person's ability to sweat, which means that hot, humid weather can dangerously reduce the body's regulation of blood sugar levels. That's why it is critical that people with this disease take proper precautions to avoid conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Vojta offers seven simple tips that may help people with this disease to stay active, healthy and safe when temperatures are high:

Vojta advises that people with diabetes should be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and seek medical attention right away if they experience symptoms.

Additional resources on managing and preventing diabetes can be found by visiting the American Diabetes Association as well as the National Diabetes Education Program. UnitedHealth Group also offers a range of helpful tips and information on the disease.

Article source: ARAContent.com

 

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