Expert Offers Tips for Diabetics on End-of-Summer Vacations

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Marc Kaplan offers his expert advice to diabetics going on end-of-the-summer vacations about how to store medical supplies, knowing the signs of heat exhaustion, and more.

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Dehydration is the biggest thing that diabetics – even more so than non-diabetics – have to worry about.

It may be the end of the season, but if you're leaving soon for vacation, you'll probably still get to reap the warmth of the Indian Summer. Heat waves are hard enough on the average person, but they're even worse for the 21 million Americans who have diabetes. Marc Kaplan, an expert from Save Rite Medical, wants to remind diabetics to be extra careful if they don't want their end-of-summer fun to be ruined and has offered his expert tips to ensure a safe trip.

"Dehydration is the biggest thing that diabetics – even more so than non-diabetics – have to worry about," Kaplan states. "If you don't keep a close eye on your blood glucose level and allow it to elevate, it leads the body to excrete more urine and therefore dehydrate quickly." He advises patients to check their blood glucose levels at least four times daily and drink caffeine-free liquids consistently throughout the day. If it's particularly warm, it's better to limit alcohol consumption.

It's also important to know the signs of heat exhaustion, Kaplan adds, because diabetics are more susceptible to it. Dizziness; cold, clammy skin; excessive sweating; rapid heartbeat; and nausea are all signs of heat exhaustion. It's important to seek a cooler environment and hydration as soon as any of these symptoms come about.

Most importantly, remember that diabetes supplies need to be stored properly in order to remain effective. Find a cool, dry place to keep your supplies – never expose insulin to extreme temperatures. If there is any clumping or frosting of the insulin on the vials, it's not safe to use.

Save Rite Medical is a medical supply company based out of Brooklyn, New York. They aim to provide customers with the advantage of a superior selection of medical supplies at competitive prices.

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