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Tue Jul 10 19:29:53 EDT 2012

Does hot weather cause BS to rise? Is that because of dehyradtion or other factors, too? What are the other factors that may cause it?
Asked By: cljung  

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2012-07-16 20:20:36.0

Hot weather doesn't usually cause a significant rise in blood sugar. However stress due to uncomfortable weather (hot or cold) may increase blood sugars. Usual causes of high blood sugars include the following:
  • illness or infection
  • emotional stress
  • not enough medicine or needing more medicine
  • taking medication that has expired or been exposed to conditions hotter or colder than room temperature
  • forgetting to take diabetes medication
  • decreased physical activity
  • too much food or too much carbohydrate in the meal plan
  • overtreating low blood sugars
  • insulin pump malfunction (blockage, dead batter, leakage, etc.)

    It is important for all people to stay hydrated when temperatures soar. So, good question. Drink plenty of water and stay as cool as possible!

  • Answered By: Donna Yuscavage
    Accreditations: RN, BSN, CDE
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