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Summer heat leads to health warnings

Date Posted: 2007-07-18

Thermometers are inching up beyond the 33 degrees Celsius range now, as summer moves toward the hottest period, and health officials are repeating their annual warnings on heat injuries.

Clinics and hospitals have already begun seeing people suffering heat related injuries, and health officials say citizens must take special care to protect themselves. They note heat injuries occur when the body becomes unable to adjust to temperatures, and explain measures that can be taken. It makes no difference whether the heat is in an inside room, or outside. Heat is heat, and they say people should be sure to drink enough water or sports drinks to avoid dehydration.

Insuring there is enough salt in the diet is essential, too, say the health professionals. Salt aids the body in adapting and adjusting temperatures. They warn senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to heat injuries, and recommend they stay inside cool rooms rather than venture outside unnecessarily on hot days, days where temperatures reach 31 degrees or higher.

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