Quality CareFind out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. Make an appointment.
Meet the StaffFind a directory of doctors and departments at all Mayo Clinic campuses. Visit now.
Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of medicine and improve patient care. Explore now.
Visit Our SchoolsEducators at Mayo Clinic train tomorrow’s leaders to deliver compassionate, high-value, safe patient care. Choose a degree.
Professional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinic’s many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Get updates.
Give to Mayo ClinicHelp set a new world standard in care for people everywhere. Give now.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Subscribe to our Controlling Your Diabetes e-newsletter to stay up to date on diabetes topics.
It's the "dog days" here in Minnesota — the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere that's usually July and August. Such heat and humidity affects people with chronic conditions more than it does others.
If you have diabetes, here are some general tips to keep you safe when the weather is at its hottest.
Recognize and treat heat exhaustion to avoid heat stroke
Heat exhaustion symptoms
If you have diabetes, you're at greater risk of heat exhaustion, which occurs when you're exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time and don't replace the fluids you lose. Your body produces more heat than it can release.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
If you experience any of these symptoms on a hot, especially humid day, it's important that you take steps to avoid heat stroke.
Avoid heat stroke
Follow these tips to cool down if you experience any symptoms of heat exhaustion.
If you don't feel better within 1 hour after taking these measures, seek prompt medical attention.
Have a safe and fun summer!
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
Selecting "Submit" signifies that you have read and agree to our posting guidelines.
Small request of a mom of a child with type 1 - please specify type 2 when you are talking about losing weight, etc. Many people offer ignorant hurtful comments about how to "cure" my son's diabetes by getting a gastic bypass, going on a diet, etc. Having said that, many of us have this mentality that we only seek help if we already experience some signs and symptoms. We should take into consideration that type 1 it is not like other disease that can be managed in an instant, rather, it is a lifetime condition to manage.
GREAT safety tips ever! Thank you for sharing this!
Good info. Read this to give a heads up even if you think you know. Inspiration.............
"There is a difference between getting the job done and getting the job done right"
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from website advertising help support our mission. Mayo Clinic does not endorse non-Mayo products and services.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.org," "Mayo Clinic Healthy Living," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.