Diabetes is a serious disease and demands round the clock commitment for the treatment. Careful diabetic care can reduce the risk of serious and often life threatening diabetes complications.
The 10 ways to manage your diabetes and enjoy a healthy future are as follows:
1. Make a commitment to manage the diabetes. Learn the basics of diabetes care from your
healthcare providers. After all, no one has a greater stake on health than you.
2. Schedule yearly physicals and regular eye exams. As a part of your regular diabetes check-
up programs, your eye care specialist will check for signs of retinal damage, cataracts and
3. Keep your vaccines up to date. High blood sugar can weaken your immune system, which
makes routine vaccines more important than ever. Check about flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine,
tetanus shot and other vaccines depending upon the circumstances.
4. Take care of your teeth. Diabetes often increases the risk of gum infections. Take care of your
teeth and visit your dentist regularly for your routine dental examinations.
5. Pay attention to your feet. High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet and reduce
blood flow to your feet. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections.
6. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Like diabetes, high blood pressure
can damage your blood vessels. Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can go a long way
toward controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol.
7. Take a daily aspirin. Aspirin interferes with your blood's ability to clot. Taking a daily aspirin can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke — major concerns when you have diabetes.
8. Don’t smoke. Smoking increases the risk of various diabetes complications, including heart
attack, stroke, and nerve damage and kidney disease. In fact, smokers who have diabetes are
three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than nonsmokers who have diabetes.
9. If you drink alcohol, do so responsibly. Alcohol can cause either high or low blood sugar,
depending on how much you drink and if you eat at the same time. If you choose to drink, do so
only in moderation and always with a meal.
10. Take stress seriously. The hormones in your body may produce in response to prolonged stress may prevent insulin from working properly, which makes matters worse. To take control, set limits. Prioritize your tasks. Learn relaxation techniques. Get plenty of sleep.
Always remember to stay positive as diabetes is within your control limits. If you are willing to do your part, diabetes won’t come in your way of a healthy and active life.