El cuidado de la diabetes es crítico cuando hay calor y en emergencias--..--
Plan for Diabetes Care in Heat & Emergencies
- Identify yourself as a person with diabetes so you can get appropriate care.
- If you're a family member, caregiver, or health care provider for someone with diabetes , share this information with them.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to avoid dehydration. Don't wait until you’re thirsty: it's a sign you're already dehydrated. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks such as sweet tea and sodas.
- If your doctor has limited how much liquid you can drink, ask what to do during times of high heat to stay hydrated.
- Know the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond to symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment isn't provided.
- Wear sunscreen and use a lip balm with sunscreen.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
- Get physical activity in air-conditioned areas, or exercise outside early or late in the day, during cooler temperatures.
- Use your air conditioner or go to air-conditioned buildings in your community to stay cool.
What to Do During Emergencies
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Safe drinking water may be hard to find in emergencies, but if you don't drink enough water, you could develop serious medical problems. Heat, stress, high blood sugar, and some diabetes medicines such as metformin can cause you to lose fluid, which increases the chances you'll become dehydrated.
- Keep something containing sugar with you at all times, in case you develop dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). You may not be able to check blood sugar levels, so know the warning signs of low blood sugar.
- Pay special attention to your feet. Stay out of contaminated water, wear shoes, and examine feet carefully for any sign of infection or injury. Get medical treatment quickly for any injuries.
Planning for Emergencies
- If you have a child with diabetes who is in school or daycare, learn the school's emergency plan. Work with them to ensure your child will have needed diabetes supplies in an emergency.
- If you need regular medical treatments, such as dialysis, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans.
- Make an emergency plan for you and your family.
- Always wear identification that says you have diabetes.
- If you take insulin, ask your doctor during a regular visit what to do in an emergency if you don't have your insulin and can't get more. If you take other medicines for diabetes, ask your doctor what to do during an emergency if you don't have your medicine.