Diabetes Care


What is diabetes?

Diabetes is when you have too much sugar in your blood. High blood sugar problems start when your body no longer makes enough of a chemical or hormone called insulin.

Types of Diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes- a condition in which affects the way the body processes blood sugar

Type 1 diabetes- a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin

Diabetes a condition in which blood sugar levels are high, but are not high enough to be type 2 diabetes

Gestational diabetes- a form of high sugars affecting pregnant woman

Make sure you are getting the right proper care. Make sure to talk to your Doctors such as:

Dietician

Foot doctor

Eye doctor

Dentist

Also get educated on diabetes. Learn about healthy meals, recipes, and how to manage your cholesterol.Taking care of your diabetes reduces the risk of having other complications.

Affects on the body

When you have diabetes you may have different affects. Often, there are no symptoms. Here are a few affects diabetes have on your body:

EYES- diabetes can cause problems with your eyes. It is the leading cause of blindness.

BLOOD SUGAR- this leads to persistently elevated blood sugar levels

HEART- can increase susceptibility to heart attacks

KIDNEYS- can cause damage to the kidneys

NERVES- can cause nerve damage making the hands and feet to hurt, tingle, or feel numb.

MOUTH- can cause dry mouth, infections, cavities, and gum disease.

SKIN- lack of moisture can cause the skin on your feet to dry and crack

How to live with diabetes

One third of people living with diabetes don’t even know they have this disease. Once you learn that you have diabetes you may feel sad or overwhelmed but you are not alone. It may be difficult to break some bad habits but here are a few steps you can take for better diabetes care:

Eat healthy- eating healthy can help you keep your blood sugars where they need to be. Also a dietitian can help you with meal preparation

Don’t smoke- smoking increases your risk of various diabetes complications

Exercise- even if its only 30 minutes of walking, dancing, or going to the gym get up and get out there

Relieve stress- stress can make blood sugar levels harder to control

Drink plenty of water

Don’t skip medications- follow your doctors recommendation and don’t skip any medications even if you feel fine

Talk to your Doctor and know your numbers.

Blood pressure

Cholesterol

Weight

When visiting your doctor ask him about annual check ups for

Cholesterol test

Foot exam

Dental exam

Eye exam

Flu shot

Urine

Blood test


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