New England, we should do all that we can to be extra-prepared. The past two years we've experienced two hurricanes and a Nor'easter no one will likely forget any time soon. And how about that heat wave we experienced in July? We're still cooling down.
When a storm hits, it also makes it more difficult to obtain supplies, like water, insulin, food, and batteries, items necessary for diabetics, says medical supply specialist Marc Kaplan.
"Most diabetics know to bring extra diabetic supplies when they leave the house in the summer since they know they can easily become dehydrated and are even more susceptible to heat exhaustion when their sugar levels get low," said Kaplan, a representative of Save Rite Medical.
Many diabetic supplies can be affected by the weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold. This makes it difficult for diabetics to go out and get other supplies when these weather conditions are in play.
Most important for diabetics is for them to "have an emergency bag prepped and ready at all times," which should have "enough medicine and supplies for several days," says Kaplan. If diabetics are unsure what they should pack in their supply bags, they should consult with their pharmacist.
During heat waves diabetics are hospitalized more frequently, went to the emergency room more often, and had higher mortality rates than those who do not have the disease. In a survey, 1-in-5 respondents said they don't take precautions until the temperature rises above 100 degrees. Most didn't know what a heat index meant and how it affects them.
Besides their medical kit, someone with diabetes should always have snacks and bottled water on hand in case of a weather emergency.
If you are a diabetic and do not currently see a podiatrist, call our Glastonbury or Middletown office to make an appointment.
Ayman M. Latif, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Diabetic Foot Doctor in CT
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