Blood sugar levels and heat

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Blood sugar levels and heat
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 11:30am

My neighbor collapsed in his yard while doing yardwork yesterday which required an ambulance trip to the hospital and later we found out that it had something to do with his blood sugar and the excessive heat we are having. I wasn't aware that the heat could cause issues. Can someone please explain?


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Community Leader
Registered: 04-30-2000
Thu, 07-18-2013 - 8:12am

Hi Brenda! Many things can affect blood sugar. I found this article/blog which lists things that people with Diabetes need to do in the heat. You will probably notice that many are also things that everyone should follow in the extreme heat we are experiencing right now. 

I don't know if this answers your question, but gives good guidelines for dealing with the heat, for everyone, not just diabetics... 

Good question by the way!!! Wink

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Sat, 07-20-2013 - 1:48am


Many diabetics have a hard time in the heat because of dehydration and in diabetics this can be life threatening. By the time they feel thirsty they are already dehydrated. So most diabetics need to start tanking up on the liquids as soon as they get up in the morning. And they need to not drink fluids which encourage excreteing their fluids such as coffee and tea. I normally have somekind of cool liquid with me at all times when it is hot.

I hope your neighbor is doing okay. The next time you see him out working in his yard and it is hot, just ask him if he needs so cool or iced water to drink.

What a caring neighbor you are! Congratulations!!