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August 22, 2014
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This Humidity....

Oi... Wasn't it just a couple of months ago I was on here kvetching about the cold and its impact on diabetes? Well, now it's not so much the heat. But it's humid. Really humid. Like stop your breath, asthma attack humid. And it's gross.

I'm not sure the humidity is having any impact on my bloodsugars per say, but it's definitely impacting my sleep and my energy levels. I'm fitful at best, even with a fan blowing, throughout the night. And by the time I've worked a full day and worked out in the evening I'm about ready to immediately fall over. But I stay up long enough to complete some reading, maybe some sewing, sometimes a movie. Then I pass out and have that fitful kind of rest.

I'm wondering what the rest of the summer will hold. I've done a bit of reading, something I haven't done in past summers because honestly, the impact this year has felt to immediate and that's not something I'm used to. I'm generally pretty able to tolerate heat and even humidity.

Weirdly, there's not a whole lot of data out there around the impact of heat and/or humidity on bloodsugar. I found one article that suggested that in people with poor glucose control an inability to sweat and increased levels of dehydration may impact their body's ability to cool itself in extreme heat, resulting in higher risk for heat exhaustion. I don't know if my higher A1Cs of late may have something to do with my decreased tolerance for the hot weather this year - perhaps I've impeded my body's ability to regulate body temperature given a year or so of control that I would rate in the "poor" category?

Another article talked about the impact a sunburn can have on insulin resistance. This was something I never knew - and boy, have I had some sunburns. I don't recall if I saw insulin needs change during those lobster-red summer days and nights, but the article pointed out that sunburns come with inflammation which directly effects the body's ability to use insulin properly. So I guess I will double up on the sunblock - SPF 7000.

Beyond those things, both articles highlighted the importance of hydration, hydration, hydration. Water, water, water. This is not news to me, but it is something I have always struggled with. Just not a big fan of drinking water. Love to swim, love the ocean, don't really like to consume water as a beverage. I wish I knew a way to change that, but it just is what it is. I put a lot of diet soda in. Not exactly ideal. Caffeine, artificial sweeteners... But I have always thought better that than nothing in terms of fluids. Thing is, that' s not true either. Countless studies, and most articles that deal with heat and humidity and summer say that diet sodas can actually make dehydration worse?? Ooof. Best be changing by taste buds around the water, no?

I'm thinking as June just ticked to July and as July ticks to August I need to focus on the following: 1) Best control I can handle - to give my body its best chance at handling the heat. 2) Learn to like drinking water. 3) Keep away from sunburn. 4) Try to enjoy the summer without b**ching too much about the heat!

Happy fourth of July week, folks... Safe, fun, fireworks filled holiday to you all.

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
Michelle Kowalski
Michelle Kowalski Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes.   (Read More)
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