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Old 06-19-2017, 18:08   #1
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Here in Texas, we do at times see some extreme temperatures. It is that time of year where we see triple digit heat indices.

In the last few weeks, my numbers have started creeping up, even though my carbs have not increased.

Does summer heat raise YOUR blood sugar?

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I am so mad at myself for not figuring out the change in numbers sooner.

I was almost positive that my higher numbers HAD to be related to the heat because my current results just didn't fit with the fact that I live a KETO lifestyle.

Then it dawned on me, that I had bought a new meter because my strips were out of stock. My strips for my original meter finally came in, so I bought some more. For the past several days, when I checked my blood glucose I checked on BOTH meters and found that on average, the new meter gives me results at least 25 mg/dl higher.

Now of course I am gonna drive myself nuts wondering which one is right...

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I have heard others remark in the past that heat does raise their BG. As does a hot shower. I guess outside temp can be a contributing factor. I no longer go out in the heat, so don't know about how it affects me.

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Wow 25 mg/dl is quite a difference. I too am on a new meter (using up my late siblings leftover strips). But, so far no problems.

I haven't noticed a change in blood sugar with the heat (yet). I usually do have more problems with edema however. I'm drinking one sugar-free Gatorade a day to avoid muscle cramps from drinking a bit more water.

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I have added in a Powerade Zero drink to my day as I do seem to be dealing with some dehydration in this crazy summer heat. The current heat index is 112F.

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Although I drink lots water, I believe I still get slightly dehydrated when I get too hot and it drives my BG up, sometimes way up. I overheated hauling hay and it took several days to get back down to normal from 176. Too bad we lose salts and not sugars when we sweat. Hmmm, sweet sweat, would it attract bees?

As far as an electrolyte drink, I make my own.

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My blood sugar goes down sharply in high temperatures, I always have to back off hugely on insulin. Surprised at comments that it goes up, your body adjusts better to colder temperatures, you use more energy when it's hot.

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Mine does. Not tremendously but it is still more difficult to keep it lower in the heat. I always thought it was because I don't sleep as well in the summer. I keep my house pretty warm. 77 degrees.

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My blood sugar goes down sharply in high temperatures, I always have to back off hugely on insulin. Surprised at comments that it goes up, your body adjusts better to colder temperatures, you use more energy when it's hot.
Not sure if you were referring to my post or not. I think, in me anyway, that the heat affects my adrenals and hot weather sets off more cortisol, which raises my BG.

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Not sure if you were referring to my post or not. I think, in me anyway, that the heat affects my adrenals and hot weather sets off more cortisol, which raises my BG.
I'm pretty sure that's what it is for me. The heat stresses me out and cortisol raises. I'm much more relaxed in the winter.

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