Can I Go Tanning With Diabetes?

With the warm weather around the corner or are you about to travel to a warm country over the holidays, high temperatures and high humidity do have an influence for people with diabetes.

What Issue Can Hot Weather Cause For People With Diabetes?

The number one issue is dehydration in hot weather, and people with high blood sugar levels can further increase this risk.

People with diabetes like myself, we need to increase our intake of fluids in hot weather, so drinking a lot of water during the day is important.

Another issue when it comes to tanning in hot weather is you run the risk of blood sugar level rising or falling which can cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. 

What Are The Risk of Tanning With Diabetes?

The hot weather or tanning can increase the risk of hypoglycemia for some of us that are on a blood glucose lowering medication.

The Joslin Diabetes Centre says that the body’s metabolism is higher in warmer or higher humidity which will increase the chance of hypoglycemia.

During a hot and humid day hypoglycemia tends to harder to recognize.

Do not disregard the symptoms like sweating and tiredness, as this could be result of hypoglycemia.

Take extra care and make sure to test your blood sugar before, during and after while tanning.

Also to prevent hypoglycemia make sure you test you blood glucose more often while you a taking part any physical activity in the hot weather. 

Make sure you to keep a source of fasting carbohydrate such as glucose tablets on hand.

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You may also need to adjust your insulin levels during the temperature change. If your blood sugar goes up or down you will need to adjusts your insulin levels and speak with a member of you healthcare team. 

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms 

Did you know that people with diabetes have a higher risk for heat exhaustion.Heat exhaustion symptoms can happen when you get too hot and lose water and/or salt from your body.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Sweating more than usual
  • Dizziness
  • Cramping muscles
  • Clammy skin
  • Headaches
  • Fast heartbeat and
  • Nausea.

By take a rest away from the heat and the direct sunlight and drinking more water will help you to avoid heat exhaustion.

Medication And Hot Weather

When you have to bring your medication or diabetes supplies, make sure to keep them in a cool place, such you insulin and/or you diabetes medication out of the direct sunlight and heat also make sure to keep them in a cool place with a ice pack.

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Test Strips In Hot Weather

Test Strips are very sensitive in hot weather as well, so make sure when you are testing your blood sugar do it in a cool or shade place and keep your test strip out of direct sunlight.

Once you are well prepared, there is no reason you can not enjoy the warm weather.

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