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How To Manage Diabetes Complications?

November 14, 2019
Woman taking finger sugar test

Owing to the rapid advancements in health, medicine, and technology, managing diabetes complications has become more efficient for a better quality of life.

The cornerstone to the management of any disease is awareness, and education about the various complications that can arise out of diabetes is imperative to the management of the disease.

These complications can include the following:

Cardiovascular Complications

Studies have shown that individuals with diabetes are more predisposed to cardiovascular disease as compared to individuals without diabetes, which leads to a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. 

It has been demonstrated that management of one’s blood sugar levels plays an integral role in reducing this risk factor, for individuals suffering from both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Also, to prevent further damage to the eyes, kidneys, and nerves as well.

A few ways to reduce manage this complication can include:

Management of cholesterol levels

  • It is often observed that individuals with diabetes usually need to take medications to lower these elevated levels, especially if risk factors for cardiovascular disease (being over 40 years of age, high blood pressure, family history, or obesity, among others) exist.
  • Please consult your local healthcare provider for more indications about the required medications as per your individual health assessment.

Keep blood pressure within healthy ranges

  • key to reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
  • Making dietary changes, such as reducing salt and alcohol intake, consuming more fiber, fruits and vegetables and engaging in regular exercise help in maintaining one’s blood pressure levels.

Quit smoking

  • Studies have shown that cigarette smoking can double a person’s risk of developing coronary heart disease
  • Has the power to cut the risk of developing coronary heart disease in half after just one year of quitting.
  • Medications that can aid quitting smoking include lozenges, nasal spray, and skin patches. Behavioral changes that can aid quitting include in-person support as well as skills training.

Foot Complications

Another way to manage diabetes complication is to take care of your foot complications.

Diabetes can decrease blood flow to the feet and the nerves, which can cause nerve damage to the nerves that carry sensation, a condition called diabetic neuropathy.

Losing sensation in the feet can lead to further complications such as foot ulcers.

In order to prevent such complications from arising or worsening, engaging in regular checks of one’s feet as a diabetic individual is of key importance:

Self-checks

  • It is crucial to engage in regular self-checks of one’s feet, and this can be done by careful examination of all parts of the feet including broken skin, blisters, any areas of increased tenderness or warmth, and ulcers.
  • A mirror can be used for this purpose and it can be made part of one’s daily grooming and dressing routine.

Clinical examinations

  • During routine medical visits, the practitioner can also check for any signs of changes to the feet such as thin skin, skin breaks, cold feet or symptoms of an athlete’s foot.
  • In individuals with Type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that annual foot exams begin 5 years after diagnosis.
  • In individuals with Type 2 diabetes, it is advised that these annual foot exams begin at the time of diagnosis.

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