Finally, summer is here again. There is just so much food to choose from. Furthermore, it is so hot that no one wants to do anything to heat up even more. No one wants to break a sweat by exercising their body, so instead they give their mouth a workout, and this places the burden on the heart.
Apichai Pongpatananurak, M.D., a cardiologist at Samitivej Hospital, recommends that you start taking proper care of your health during the summer. During summertime, people tend to get dehydrated, causing the ventricles to work harder. The superficial capillary at skin then becomes dilated and decreases the central blood volume, resulting in not enough blood getting pumped up to the brain – which, in turn, causes fainting spells. If a person has heart disease, it may cause arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat).
Some blood pressure medication contains diuretics. Therefore, excessive sweating or not drinking enough water may lower your blood pressure too much, resulting in blackouts. However, you can look for signs, such as dizziness, when changing from a sitting to a standing position.
The best way to prevent this is to drink lots of water during the summer. Many people believe that sweet drinks will help them feel fresher, but plain water is actually the best refreshment. Oral rehydration solutions are only needed when we perform in extremely excessive exercises, such as a triathlon.
Not only do you lose more water in the summer, you also lose potassium through sweating which leads to cramping. If you have recurring cramps in the same place every day, it may be that your muscles and nerves are constantly being stimulated. Please consult your physician immediately.
Yes, summer has lots of delicious fruits, but they contain high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates, the enemies of diabetics and accomplices of weight gain. Durians, mangoes and jackfruits are loaded with both of them. Bananas are beneficial to growing kids, but adult diabetics should not each much, one banana per day is acceptable. The doctor recommends that you eat apples, rose apples and guavas. They are low in sugar and not a problem for diabetics.
Second Class Honors M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University , Thailand, 1997.