Having diabetes means you should make some changes to your lifestyle. Take action right away to adopt healthy habits and reduce your changes of developing any complications.
Keep your blood sugar under control to prevent the development of other health issues. You should test your blood sugar regularly and eat healthy foods at regular time. Losing some weight and adopting an active lifestyle will help you manage your condition too. Make some changes to your lifestyle so you can adopt a schedule that allows you to get enough sleep and eat at regular times. Do not hesitate to have five small meals a day if this helps you keep your blood sugar under control.
Because of your high blood sugar, infections will spread very quickly. A bad infection could even lead to an amputation. To prevent this from happening, you need to adopt an excellent hygiene and treat any bruises or cuts quickly. Your feet are particularly sensitive area; always wear clean, comfortable and protective shoes even inside your home. Keep your toenails clean and well-trimmed and avoid socks that are too tight and do not allow for a good circulation. Wash your feet regularly and make sure they are dry before you put your shoes or slippers back on.
As a diabetic, you are more likely to develop gum disease and have oral health issues. You need to adopt an excellent oral hygiene and go to the dentist’s regularly for inspections. Brush and floss your teeth after every meal and use mouthwash to get rid of bacteria. If possible, use toothpaste and other dental care products designed for people with sensitive gums. If you notice any sign of gum disease, go see your doctor right away.
The high level of sugar in your blood can damage your eyesight and eventually make you blind. If you notice your eyesight is not as good as it used to be, do everything you can to keep your blood sugar under control and get some glasses if your problem can be corrected. You should plan on having your eyesight checked regularly to catch any problems as early as possible. If you have migraines, you should get your eyesight checked right away.
You need to schedule regular appointments with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to monitor your condition and give you advice on what you need to do in order to keep your blood sugar under control. Your doctor can also warn you if he or she recognizes signs of a complication. Plan on seeing your doctor at least every other month or more regularly if you need to and feel comfortable about scheduling an appointment right away if you notice anything unusual or want your doctor to help you treat a small wound to avoid infections.
These tips will help you reduce your chances of developing a complication. You should not have to worry about developing complications if you do everything you can to keep your blood sugar under control.