Diabetes

You Can Handle Summer’s Diabetes Challenges

You Can Handle Summer’s Diabetes Challenges

People who have diabetes — both type 1 and type 2 — tend to feel the summer heat more than people who don’t have diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat glands so your body can’t cool as effectively. That can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Diabetes and Your Skin

Diabetes and Your Skin

Skin and foot care is especially important when you have diabetes. Poor blood-glucose control increases the risk for skin and foot infection. Nerve damage due to diabetes also makes you less likely to feel pain. If the foot or skin is injured, wounds may heal slowly. If the wound is not treated correctly, severe infection can lead to gangrene and amputation.