Thursday, June 24, 2010

Heat Wave

Heat weather is inevitable, especially in countries such as Malaysia. Although many foreigners are coming forward to this country for vacation purposes, but for local dwellers like us who stay in Malaysia for a good number of years, such weather is a worrying phenomenon. As the time goes by, the weather is increasing by leaps and bounds, due to the effect of global warming and other climate changes.

Heat causes people to sweat a lot, and for some, particularly diabetic patients, heat could cause great damage to their health too. According to a lead researcher named Adrienne Nassar, a third year medical resident at Mayo Clinic, he pointed out that people with diabetes have an impaired ability to sweat, which in turns causing them to have heat-related illnesses, and under no proper control, situations such as high blood sugar can occur. When no control is properly implemented, this could even increase their chances of suffering dehydration.

For diabetes, it is said that when the environmental temperature rises to around 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (which is about 26-32 degree Celcius), heat illness can potentially take place. But the current problem is, diabetic patients only aware of the possible illnesses when the temperature rises more than 90 degree Fahrenheit, up to 100 degree Fahrenheit. In Malaysia, a country with high humidity at times, that can make heat more dangerous because it slows the evaporation of perspiration, which is the way the body cools itself.

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