Summertime! While many of us relish the heat after a cold winter, excessive heat can be dangerous. Between the years 1979-2003, excessive heat caused over 8,000 deaths in the United States. More people died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.
Doctors have discovered that people with diabetes are at a greater risk of adverse effects from heat. Other conditions related to risk include age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.Unfortunately, many diabetics don’t prepare for extreme heat situations which place them at a higher risk for death. Continue reading