Extreme Heat May Have Effects among People with Diabetes: Study

Tired millennial woman suffers from stuffiness and an inoperative air conditioner, waving blue fan sitting on couch at home working on laptop computer. Overheating high temperature, hot summer weatherAlthough summer is almost over, the heat and humidity are still in full swing, affecting those with diabetes. For people living with diabetes, this can significantly impact blood sugar control. Knowing how to manage blood sugar during hot weather is essential for staying healthy and safe this season.

The global effects of climate change have been front and center in headlines around the world. However, researchers in Japan have revealed an additional risk by identifying a link between extreme heat events and diabetes hyperglycemia–related emergency hospitalizations.


For the study, researchers analyzed data for hypo- and hyperglycemia–related emergency hospital admissions from 2012–2019, as well as ambient temperature data from weather stations. The model took into account a time delay of up to three days and showed the impacts of climate change on health may not always be obvious.

It was found that people with diabetes were at a higher risk of requiring hospitalization during a series of unusually hot days as the body is more likely to suffer from dehydration and have difficulty balancing the concentration of components in the blood.

“Relative risks for standard and extreme heat effects on emergency hospitalization for hypoglycemia were found to be 1.33 and 1.65, respectively, and similar risks were found for hyperglycemia. In most regions, the higher the temperature, the higher the relative risk,” said lead author Takeo Fujiwara.

These findings will add to mounting information about the subtle or latent health effects that may need to be considered in environmental or healthcare policies. This research shows how the impact of climate change will only increase in the foreseeable future.

This study shows the effects of climate change on those with diabetes, but general health should also be considered when thinking about risks. As more information becomes available, we will begin to see more and more links between heat and health risks.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.



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