Every year many people with chronic health conditions are profoundly affected by weather extremes. you hear it on the news, especially during heatwaves, due to not only the intensity, but even more by the duration, sometime of weeks, when nights do not bring the much relief from the heat. To add to these conditions it in not uncommon to experience power failure and rollouts, due to extensive use of electricity. So what it a person suffering from diabetes to do in such situations? A heighten state of awareness is needed in order to be able to function with little or no impact it is critical to have your medicine (such as insulin) and your Blood Glucose meter and test strips sheltered from heat and humidity, for as long as possible. Insulated containers such as wide outlet thermos, double wall soup jars, and even insulated launch bags are best, once cooled to room temperature, and cold pack can provide for optimal storage.
Even when on the road, a soup jar can be easily carried so you have everything you need at hand. I like to drink my protein shake cold, while riding on my bike, so I do the following: I first cool the water to the point it starts making ice, I prepare my drink, and then I put it in the freezer (covered in the wet insulating pouch for few minutes, until the water on the pouch freezes. As I ride the evaporation of that water keeps the bottle colder for hours.
But even room temperature water is irreplaceable when it comes to hydration. Some drink distilled water: Make sure the water you drink contains the mineral needed to make ir suitable for drinking (potable), as distilled water will dilute the electrolytes needed to function, making you even more susceptible to acute heat induced health conditions). When it comes to glucose: If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can make you very sick or even kill you. Therefore always carry glucose tablets ON YOU (in your pocket, strapped on your belt, but on you). One tablet weighing 4 grams, will increase your blood glucose level in a matter of seconds, to safe levels. Always remember to add tablets to your supply, as you use them. You can have hard candy, but don’t expect the same fast action.
One very important thing, people forget when it comes to spending time outdoors: When your biking, and you have put 25 miles between you and the place you started, weather conditions may be a bit, or a lot different, so plan to have what you need for change in weather, precipitations, or a variation in heat, which you may have to accommodate.
Lastly: If you think tha brown sugar has lesser calories so therefore you can use it instead of bleached sugar, well, you’re wrong: It has the same amount of sugar!
To a large extend spending more time outdoors will help your medical condition, once you start earlier in the morning and exercise in a controlled environment (such as a park, with water fountains, facilities, diverse exercise equipment, An elastomeric track (if possible) and…Shade in summer and shelter in winter!)
There: Now what other excuses can you find to continue to be a cautch potato, while medicating your medication?
The sooner you start to control your medical condition, the more confident you’ll be to enjoy life as you were intended to!
- Avoiding hypoglycemia unawareness (mayoclinic.com)
- Metformin and exercise combination less effective for glucose control (medicalxpress.com)
- http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2010-sct/5852.html (mayoclinic.com)