By MSU Extension MECOSTA COUNTY\u00a0\u2014\u00a0While the use of sunscreen is important all year long, warm weather\u00a0months often mean increased time spent outdoors. In the U.S., Ultra Violet exposure is the greatest from May through\u00a0August. The more intense the sun, the greater your exposure to UV\u00a0rays. With warmer temperatures on the way, it\u2019s a good time to get\u00a0prepared for more sun exposure. Simple preparedness can\u00a0include carrying extra sunscreen and a hat in the car. Diabetes can affect how the body regulates temperatures internally. For\u00a0those with diabetes, warmer temperatures may affect blood glucose. For\u00a0some, diabetes makes it harder for the body to handle high heat and\u00a0humidity. Extreme heat is especially dangerous to people age 65 and\u00a0older, children younger than four and people with a chronic illness. A few additional tips include: Sun \u2013 Avoid sunburn. The FDA recommends using Broad\u00a0Spectrum sunscreens with SPF values of 15 or higher regularly\u00a0and as directed. Shade\u00a0\u2013\u00a0Wear wide brim hats and light colored clothing made of\u00a0fabrics that can \u201cbreathe.\u201d Long sleeve lightweight shirts help\u00a0protect against sunburn. Choose shade when you can while\u00a0outside. Depending on the time of day, solar radiation can vary. Heat \u2013 People with diabetes should check blood sugar levels\u00a0frequently, they may fluctuate. Extreme temperature changes can\u00a0have an effect on your diabetes supplies. This is something to\u00a0keep in mind while traveling. Never go barefoot on hot surfaces. A\u00a0bodily feeling of extreme heat with profuse sweating may be a sign\u00a0of heat exhaustion. If you feel this, or something similar, find shade\u00a0and\/or air conditioning immediately. Symptoms of heat exhaustion\u00a0include dizziness, fainting and for some people, excessive\u00a0sweating. Seek medical help if any of these symptoms occur. Hydrate \u2013 Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid a high\u00a0sodium diet, which can affect blood pressure and cause the body\u00a0to retain fluid. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages that can be\u00a0dehydrating. Summer Activities \u2013 Avoid exercising outdoors in extreme heat;\u00a0choose an indoor, air-conditioned location. Choose early morning\u00a0or early evening for activities to avoid prime time sun intensity.\u00a0Pace yourself and consider the temperatures when you spend\u00a0time outdoors. Remember, sun exposure is year round, whenever you are outside.\u00a0The longer an individual is out in the sun, the more UV rays they receive. These\u00a0tips are good reminders to prepare for the summer months ahead. Always remember to follow your healthcare provider\u2019s advice.