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5 Surprising Ways Heat Waves Can Impact Your Health

August 25, 2022

With so many heat waves this summer, you’ve probably heard enough about dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

But the health risks of extreme heat go well beyond these common conditions. Here are five lesser known ways hot weather can affect your health, particularly during this sweltering summer. Hot weather:

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Who’s at risk?

Even with September just around the corner, there is no end in sight to this year’s summer scorcher. Dr. Kaur said that makes it even more important to monitor high risk individuals – those with chronic conditions, young children, older adults, athletes and those who work outdoors.

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Beat the heat

  • Wear appropriate clothing: Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, rest in shady areas.
  • Pace yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals.
  • Stay hydrated.

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