Diabetics at risk in hot, humid weather

June 22, 2010 1:53:16 PM PDT
Diabetics need to be especially alert during this hot humid season, but experts say that many don't heed the warning.

Doctors say diabetes raises the chances of developing heat illness, and many people with the condition do not know how to reduce their risk.

That finding comes from a Mayo Clinic survey which found that people with diabetes have an impaired ability to sweat, which predisposes them to heat-related illness.

Patients surveyed who were aware of the risks did not take medical supplies with them when they went out into a hot environment.

Experts say that if patients are not able to check their blood sugars while they are away from home, they are taking a big risk.


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