Working in the hot weather with diabetes

I was wondering how does the hot weather effect blood sugar levels? I work in electric generating power plant and it is hot 24/7. Even working outside cutting the lawn on a saturday afternoon its hot. How do you feel after working in the heat. I don’t know if it is just me or does other people have any insight on this.

I know insulin works faster, and is intensified by heat. It’s why when I run outside, I have to pick cooler hours, and no where near time of a recent shot. I also know dehydration can lead to elevated numbers, because the bloodsugar reading is a number per decliter of water. Less water in the body then equals a higher concentration of sugar in the blood. I would just make sure to stay hydrated and keep a close eye on your readings and how you are feeling. Hope this helps.

All I know about being and working outside when it’s hot is that it makes the insulin work faster.


My profession requires me to inspect attics, which in my area are normally 120+ degrees this time of year. While the heat definitely takes its toll, I drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and keep protien snacks on hand in case I feel like my blood sugar is low.

If it’s really hot and I am out working the yard, I find my blood sugars will go down quick and next thing I know I am facing a bad low. Happened just yesterday in fact.

I take my pump off during outside work on saturdays. I found I was always going low!

I just came back after a good hour and a half of yardwork. I was @ 150+ before. I am at 96 now! :slight_smile:

Straight up - I was 205 (bad breakfast choice) and then 58 after 1.5 hours of yardwork. That was the first time I could do yardwork since diagnosis and didn’t realize that would happen. I almost corrected for the 205 before going out but luckily decided not to.

Ya, definatly try to stay hydrated and just watch what your b/s levels do. I can be out working on the car and be so sweat soaked that it looks like I took a shower, yet my b/s stays level, but I can be mowing the lawn and I will start to go low. Just watch what yours does and adjust accordingly.