Care for diabetes is a long term treatment lifestyle. When left untreated, it can lead to serious complications that can leave devastating results.
Taking care of yourself and monitoring changes in your body and your environment is critical for optimal care. By eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy products, lean meats and limiting sodium content, you’re more than half way there in beating the odds of diabetic complications!
Tips for Better Care
Diabetics are 40% more likely to have glaucoma than those without diabetes—risk increases with age
Vision suffers due to retina and nerve damage over time
Cataracts: Diabetics are 60% more likely to develop cataracts than nondiabetics; cataracts blocks light, making lens “cloudy”
Retinopathy: all disorders of retina caused by diabetes; 2 types: proliferative and nonproliferative
Factors influencing retinopathy development: genes, how long one’s had DM; blood sugar and blood pressure levels
Wear sunglasses more often
Use glare control lenses in glasses
Keep blood sugars closer to normal
Delayed gastric (stomach) emptying
If vagus nerve, which controls the muscles of stomach and intestines do not work properlyàmovement of food stops or slows
Symptoms: lack of appetite, gastroesophageal reflux, spasms of stomach wall, erratic blood sugar levels, weight loss, abdominal bleeding, early satiety, heartburn, etc.
Use talcum powder in places with skin to skin touch
If skin’s dry, limit bubble baths
Avoid very hot showers or baths
Limit moisturized in between toes
Use mild shampoos
Avoid feminine hygiene sprays
See a dermatologist
During cold, dry months, bathe less if possible
Treat cuts right away with antibiotic cream
Check feet daily for sores and cuts
A diabetic has a 1.5 times higher risk of having a stroke
Lower blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol on target with physical exercise, medicine and healthy eating
You’ve probably noticed that most, if not all, of these complications can be controlled with blood sugar levels. By taking a proactive approach to treating you diabetes, you could live a more worry free life!