Here are some good reminders of summer safety in the sunny, hot days!
Have fun–and be safe!
Dehydration among teens playing sports is common, especially in the hot summer months, but may go unnoticed in its milder forms, Leonard says. Younger children are more prone to
dehydration because their bodies produce more heat while sweating less. Teens recovering from a recent illness, especially one that caused vomiting or diarrhea, may be more prone to dehydration. To ensure hydration, water is the best choice. Any activity that lasts less than 60 minutes doesn’t require electrolytes, so you can safely skip electrolyte-enriched sports drinks.
To avoid dehydration:
- Before exercise, drink 4 to 8 ounces
- During activity, drink 4 ounces every 15 minutes
- After exercise, drink 16 to 24 ounces per every pound lost
Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, dry mouth and severe thirst, reduced sweating and urination, headache and dizziness.
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include
- Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating
Just when you think you can ignore diabetes around the holidays…
Unfortunately, diabetes is way too common in young people and ever increasing. I am starting a new series of diabetic columns to help you, a family member, or a friend live with the everyday, chronic, get’s-in-my-way, annoyance of diabetes. Please comment as I go and offer your stories, suggestions, or questions. I hate it–really, I do. But I want to live without diabetes holding me back. And to do that, there needs to be some helps in place.
Keep watch for more and just click on the iBeGat Health link on the left sidebar for updates and new posts! And November is American Diabetes Month. I will be posting lot’s of resources!
Watch a video of a local basketball player from Spokane, Washington who deals with diabetes and speaks out for a cure!
Christian Comedian Anita Renfroe does her spoof on Carrie Underwood’s video. Laugh with her as she helps us nix that next trip to the fridge.
For additional information on Obesity and the harsh effects suffered by millions check out…
These two sisters may have cystic fibrosis but you wouldn’t know it by the set of lungs they’ve got. Very inspirational. What dream did you achieve when everyone else told you that it couldn’t be done? Christina and Ali- Way to GO!
For information on Cystic Fibrosis and how it affects young people visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
If you’re curious about Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy IV check out this informational brochure and educate yourself.
Our bodies are about two thirds water. When someone gets dehydrated, it means the amount of water in his or her body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. Small decreases don’t cause problems, and in most cases, they go completely unnoticed. But losing larger amounts of water can sometimes make a person feel quite sick.
For more information on the importance of water to your body, check out this article about dehydration. DON’T GET CAUGHT DRY!