It’s hot – heatwave health alert and ways to cope with Type 1 Diabetes in the heat

The UK has been experiencing HOT weather recently, with more to come, and a heat-health alert has been issued for parts of the UK. A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warning will be in force from Monday 11 July until Friday 15 July for affected areas,(this could be updated). The agency suggests people shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight, check fans and fridges are working properly, and that medicines are correctly stored.

It reminded me of a blog-post I originally posted in 2018. But what was written then is still very relevant today…

Emma Baird (a type 1 diabetic ) writes:
“If you’re a type 1, what special precautions do you need to take when the mercury rises? I prepared this handy infographic to help…


Please note—if you have neuropathy (nerve damage) this can affect your ability to sweat and therefore cool down. Go out early in the morning or later in the afternoon if you can, drink water to stay hydrated and exercise in air-conditioned gyms. Cut down on drinks with caffeine and alcohol, and take care of yourself as best you can.”

This and more from Diabetes Diet Blog here


Of course wherever you live some days can just be too hot, and on these sort of days it is important to stay hydrated. Sometimes the easiest way is to use water from your kitchen tap, but bottled water can also be a great help. Of course on a hot day, why not boost your hydration with juicy foods. The ones shown on the post called ‘When its hot stay hydrated’ are around 80-90% water by weight, and you can read the post here

Are you experiencing hot weather at the moment? How do you stay cool?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.

This blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use a reliable meter. If you have any concerns about your health it is always advisable to consult your Doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan

The UK has been experiencing HOT weather recently, with more to come, and a heat-health alert has been issued for parts of the UK. A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warning will be in force from Monday 11 July until Friday 15 July for affected areas,(this could be updated). The agency suggests people shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight, check fans and fridges are working properly, and that medicines are correctly stored.

It reminded me of a blog-post I originally posted in 2018. But what was written then is still very relevant today…

Emma Baird (a type 1 diabetic ) writes:
“If you’re a type 1, what special precautions do you need to take when the mercury rises? I prepared this handy infographic to help…


Please note—if you have neuropathy (nerve damage) this can affect your ability to sweat and therefore cool down. Go out early in the morning or later in the afternoon if you can, drink water to stay hydrated and exercise in air-conditioned gyms. Cut down on drinks with caffeine and alcohol, and take care of yourself as best you can.”

This and more from Diabetes Diet Blog here


Of course wherever you live some days can just be too hot, and on these sort of days it is important to stay hydrated. Sometimes the easiest way is to use water from your kitchen tap, but bottled water can also be a great help. Of course on a hot day, why not boost your hydration with juicy foods. The ones shown on the post called ‘When its hot stay hydrated’ are around 80-90% water by weight, and you can read the post here

Are you experiencing hot weather at the moment? How do you stay cool?
Please share your thoughts in the comments.

This blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use a reliable meter. If you have any concerns about your health it is always advisable to consult your Doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan