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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!
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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