Advertiser letters: Thanks from Air Ambulance and diabetes in the heat
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 August 2018
London Air Ambulance
Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.
Thanks for support
Alison McGuinness, community fundraising manager, London’s Air Ambulance, writes:
Thank you to people in Whitechapel and Bromley-by-Bow for choosing London’s Air Ambulance to be its Charity of the Year in local Sainsbury’s stores.
Lots of people don’t realise we are a charity and that we rely on donations to be there for the public 24/7. So we are really excited to have the chance to spread awareness about our service across Tower Hamlets.
We are also looking for volunteers to help us in store – if you think you can give up some time or if you are interested in other opportunities to support our charity please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care of your diabetes in the heat
Roz Rosenblatt, London head, Diabetes UK, writes:
As temperatures in the UK soar, we will all want to be heading outdoors and, whilst the weather provides the perfect excuse to break out the BBQ, head to the seaside, or simply soak up the rays with a good book, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the sizzling temperatures can pose some sizeable health risks.
There are 3.7 million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes and it’s important that they’re aware of how hot weather can affect their condition.
Long periods in the sun may affect diabetes control, causing blood glucose levels to be higher than usual. As well as potentially higher blood glucose levels, insulin injections are absorbed more quickly in hot weather, increasing the chances of hypoglycemia or a hypo.
So it will be important for people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels more often and be ready to adjust their insulin dose if necessary.
And remember, Insulin and monitors can be affected by heat so make sure you keep your diabetes kit cool in the sun.