Summer is upon us and the searing heat and humidity do not just cause physical discomfort but can also lead to dehydration and heat strokes. When the temperature is high, the body perspires more and this loss of fluid, if not compensated by proper nutrition in the form of electrolytes etc., can have fatal consequences.
Those who suffer from diabetes are at greater risk during summer and need to pay special care to their nutrition and hydration. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can increase the risk diabetes patient face.
Common Symptoms Of Dehydration:
Damp clammy skin
Increased heart rate
Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
Prevention Of Dehydration:
Drink plenty of water - 3 to 4 litres a day
Consume sugar free fluids such as light lemonade and vegetable juices with the minimum of salt
Eat lots of low sugar content fruits
Do not skip meals
Smaller meals at shorter intervals are best
Eat lots of cold salads to maintain vitamin and mineral levels
Eat low glycemic index foods and rich greens that contain lots of fibre
With proper nutrition and hydration, the summer season is one that can be enjoyed.
Article by Ms. Radhika
Dietitian, Kauvery Hospital