For those with blood sugar issues who exercise regularly, keeping cool may seem like a
daunting task. However, having good control over your blood sugar levels can significantly affect how well you perform during workouts and other physical activities.
Today, we’ll be discussing the new research that has found the potential dangers of not being able to maintain a healthy temperature balance due to impaired glucose regulation—as well as what can be done to prevent or mitigate such problems.
Researchers from the University of Ottawa, Canada, set out to identify whether blood sugar control affects the body’s ability to lose heat during exercise in the heat. Their findings showed that although poor sugar did not seem to impair whole-body heat loss, it did affect chronically elevated blood sugar (indexed via hemoglobin A1c) and heart rate, which could implicate the role of thermoregulation.
For the study, a group of 25 physically active men aged 43 – 73 years with type 2 diabetes were given an exercise heat stress test which involved cycling in the calorimeter set to 40°C. They were all required to complete three 30-minute bouts of cycling, with 15-minute rest periods between each bout, at light, moderate, and vigorous exercise intensities.
The findings showed that the effect of blood sugar control did not appear to be related to the physical fitness of the participants. This may suggest that among people with type 2 diabetes, poor blood sugar control could lead to a greater risk of reaching dangerous high core body temperatures. This could also lead to a greater strain on the heart during physical activity in the heat.
Researchers caution that more research is needed to confirm this association.
The study concluded with researchers saying, “Type 2 diabetes is associated with higher rates of heat illness and death during heat stress when compared to the general population. By defining the levels of heat stress where diabetes-related impairments in the body’s ability to lose heat cause dangerous increases in core temperature, we can provide better heat-protection advice to safeguard the health and well-being of these heat-vulnerable individuals. This includes guidance that can assist their health care providers to manage heat stress in their patients who may be engaged in leisure, athletic activities or job-related activities in the heat.”
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