5 ways to avoid diabetes complications

5 Ways to Avoid the Risks of Diabetes Complication

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

Diabetes is a serious condition with high risks of severe complications such as nerve damage (Neuropathy), Kidney damage (Nephropathy), Eye damage (Retinopathy), and many more. While these complications may seem hard to manage, there are several, simple ways to prevent them. Here are the top 5 ways to avoid the risks of diabetes complications.

1. Commit to the Diabetic Lifestyle

Diabetes is a complex disease that encompasses many aspects of your day-to-day life. Understanding your disease is the first step in committing to the lifestyle. Learn what changes you need to make in your day-to-day life in order to cope with the disease.  Keeping track of your diet and monitoring your blood glucose levels are probably two of the major aspects of your lifestyle that you need to adapt to. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone! Your doctor, diabetes nurse educator, dietitian, and loved ones are all there to help and support you.

2. Keep an Eye on Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

High blood pressure and cholesterol can cause serious damage to your blood vessels. Unfortunately, diabetes increases the risk and rate of this damage. Regular exercise should keep your blood pressure in check, and a healthy diet will help keep your cholesterol in a good range. Medication may be necessary in some serious cases.

3. Mind Your Feet!

Diabetes can cause nerve damage and reduced blood flow to your feet which in turn leaves them susceptible to cuts and sores. Left unchecked, these cuts and sores may turn in to serious infections. In order to prevent damage to your feet, make sure to follow these daily guidelines:

  • Wash your feet in lukewarm water and dry them gently
  • Moisturize your feet
  • Tell your doctor if there is a cut or sore that does not heal in a few days

4. Quit Smoking

Seek help in order to quit if you need to. Smoking increases the risk of several diabetes complications like kidney disease, strokes, heart attacks, and nerve damage. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), smokers with diabetes are three times more likely to die of heart disease than non-smokers with diabetes.

5. Pay Attention to Stress

Stress can consume your life and cause you to forget to complete your regular diabetes schedule. Because of this, it is essential that you learn how to recognize and minimalize the stress in your life. For more information about stress check out a previous article on Stress and Diabetes – What is the Link?

The most important thing to keep in mind in this situation is to stay positive. Diabetes is a very manageable disease and will not keep you from living an active, healthy lifestyle.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-2-2014, 4:00 PM

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