Diabetes: 5 Steps to Body Care
Every diabetic knows the vitalities to a healthy life: balanced diet, regular exercise, weight management and checkups. Making sure that one takes care of his/her body to waver off complications is just as important. Some of the biggest concerns with diabetes include:
[Read: The Importance of Balanced Diet]
- chronic skin infections
- foot infections
- tooth loss and gum disease
- vision problems
- blood circulation and heart diseases.
Here are 5 steps to keep the body free of any complications.
Common problems of the feet may cause several complications such as fungal infections, corns, blisters, dry skin, sores, ingrown toenails, plantar warts and calluses. While anyone may develop the risk of these foot complications, diabetics are at a higher risk because of a slow healing process and a weakened immune system that may make it more susceptible to infections. Make sure that you take time to take care of your foot daily.
- Wash, pat dry and examine the tops and bottoms of your feet.
- If there is any change, consult your doctor, who may prescribe antiseptic creams that need to be applied several times a day to keep the healing process intact.
- Never walk around barefoot.
- Wear fitting footwear.
[Read: Feet Care Tips for Diabetes]
Bacterial infection, itching and fungal infection, though widely prevalent, may be especially problematic for diabetics because of the poor blood flow and lack of ability to fight infections.
- Do not ignore skin problems such as bacterial infections, fungal infections and itching.
- Boost the body’s ability to fight infections by controlling blood sugar.
- Use talcum powders and moisturising lotions in the affected areas.
- Visit a doctor regularly to stave off the likeability of breeding an infection that may otherwise by invisible to you.
Diabetics can easily damage the blood vessels in the eyes, thereby causing several complications such as glaucoma, retinopathy and cataracts. Waver off these risks by ensuring that your blood sugar levels stays under control and seeing an eye doctor regularly.
Teeth and Gum Care
A lot of people develop gum diseases during their life time, but a diabetic is even more likely to develop serious gum disease at an earlier age. To prevent diabetes teeth and gum diseases, make sure that you brush your teeth after every meal, floss daily and see your dentist at least twice a year.
Caring for Heart
Heart disease, stroke and heart attack are serious concerns that diabetics face a greater threat of.
- To prevent the likelihood of these, make sure that you follow the doctor’s advice in keeping the blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure in check.
- Make sure that your exercise regularly.
- Lose weight if you are obese.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Nov 30, 2012
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