Symptoms of Dehydration in Adults
The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth and swollen tongue
- Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
- Sluggishness fainting
- Inability to sweat
- Decreased urine output
Symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
- Pale skin color
- Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
- Clumsy or jerky movements
- Difficulty paying attention, or confusion
- Tingling sensations around the mouth
A couple of the symptoms are the same, this makes my life a little tougher. While at work I'm very active physically, this adds to the hydration problem. Today around 11am I started to feel sluggish and dizzy. I figured I was low so I had some juice and ran in to the break room to test my blood sugar. I was shocked when I saw 155. I kind of chuckled and decided it would be best to fill up my water bottle. The same thing happened at 2:30 this afternoon, but when I thought it was the dehydration it was actually a low blood sugar. I was at 66.
Diabetes and dehydration is not a good combination, I will continue to drink gallon upon gallon of water to try and stay hydrated. Diabetes or not staying hydrated is very important. A lot of us don't realize how much water we need. Drinking water instead of a beer or soda with a meal makes a huge difference. Moving forward I need to find a quick remedy for dehydration, I may go back to drinking Pedialyte after long bike rides and long runs.