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Many Diabetics Unaware of Hot Weather Hazards
Date:6/21/2010

s (39 percent), glucose meters (41 percent), and glucose test strips (38 percent).

Ironically, 37 percent of those who were aware of the risk chose to handle the problem by not taking their medical supplies with them when they went out into a hot environment, thereby creating a new risk.

"If [people] are unable to check their blood sugars while they are away from home, that's unsafe," said Nassar, who added that more patient education on the issue is needed.

The survey -- conducted in collaboration with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service -- is slated for presentation on Monday at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Diego.

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For more on diabetes, visit the Joslin Diabetes Center.



SOURCE: Endocrine Society, June 21, 2010, news release.


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