Hot and humid weather can be extremely dangerous for senior citizens and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, heart conditions, etc. Learn more about how you can protect yourself from these extreme weather conditions.
March 6, 2017
Hot and humid weather can be extremely dangerous for senior citizens and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, heart conditions, etc. In addition to concerns about dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke – people with chronic illnesses have to be aware of how the weather will impact their disease management. High temperatures can affect medications, testing supplies, and equipment such as insulin pumps.
As caregivers, we know the importance of health regimens and routines. Summer weather, with high temperatures and extreme storms, can play havoc on routines and make managing a disease like diabetes more difficult. DAH suggests creating a plan with your patients before an emergency situation arises to prevent a potential health disaster.
Here are some important things to discuss with your patients with diabetes:
Discussing the above items and making a plan or writing a list for patients with diabetes will go a long way in protecting them during the summer weather. Being prepared will also help reduce your patient’s stress level if an emergency does happen.
Another important thing to do for your patients with diabetes (no matter what the weather or season)… Have a Registered Dietitian come into their home to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy. Don’t forget about this important part of the health care team!
Unfortunately, amputation rates are higher in people with diabetes. The good news, though, is that rates have decreased thanks to better foot care and the use of diabetic shoes.
Kelley Reeser, R.D. L.D.N. C.D.E.
December 6, 2017