The Consequences of Diabetes In Your Life

diabetes meterA diagnosis of diabetes may have a huge impact on your life in many ways. You could develop serious health problems such as:

  • Skin – Skin problems are common in diabetics. Watch out for infections and other skin disorders such as calluses and foot ulcers.
  • Eyes – Cataracts, glaucoma and other eye problems should be monitored by getting regular eye checkups. People with diabetes will more than likely develop a disorder of the retina.
  • Feet – Numbness in the feet can occur if you have diabetes as can numerous other problems associated with circulation.

The truth is that with regular care and treatments from your health care provider, plus some necessary lifestyle changes, a diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t have to mean that complications are inevitable and devastating. Some of the changes that you can make to your lifestyle are:

  • Stress – Stress is harmful to both our mental and physical state of mind. If you can reduce stress in your life or learn how to manage it better, you can better control your blood glucose levels.
  • Regular exercise – Regular exercise can help your body respond positively to insulin and lower your blood sugar level. First, be sure that it’s safe for you to engage in some type of physical activity and then chose an exercise plan that you can enjoy and stick to. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Diet – Consistency is key to a good diet plan for diabetes. Lower your intake of carbohydrates and try to eat about the same amount of food and at the same time every day to keep your blood sugar level on an even keel. Your health care provider can help you with a diet plan.
  • Smoking – If you’re a smoker, you need to know that smoking lessens the flow of blood in small blood vessels to the feet, which is why smokers are more likely to have amputations.

Some other diseases that can strike your body when you suffer from diabetes are “frozen shoulder” and hemochromatosis. Frozen shoulder can cause your shoulder to become very stiff and immobile. Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease that can cause a diabetes onset known as “bronze diabetes,” which is extremely serious and sometimes fatal.

As you can see, diabetes can be very limiting and sometimes devastating to your lifestyle and your plans for the future. Among the things you can do to ensure that your diabetes is properly treated is to store your insulin as it should be and check the expiration dates on the vials before you use it.

If you have diabetes, you should check with your doctor and/or pharmacist before using any other medications – even over-the-counter products. Keep in close contact with your health care provider and report any suspicious medical problems immediately.

Are You At Risk for Getting White Finger?

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition that is more frequently referred to by a lot of people as white finger. While many people are not aware of this, white finger is a problem that can affect men and women who work in environments that involve tools that vibrate.

As a matter of fact, it is actually one of the biggest health concerns for people that work on a regular basis with tools that vibrate. It is not uncommon for the constriction of blood vessels that occurs with this particular condition to lead to a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort.

The good news is white finger is a condition that will usually heal quite well on its own if it is caught early enough and the proper steps are taken. This however means the person will need to completely avoid any use of any type of vibrating tools.

This may sound like it should be easy enough, however for people whose career involves the constant use of such tools it’s not all that easy. While stopping the use of these tools may not actually heal the condition, it can keep it from progressing. There has also been some research done which suggests Botox has the ability to put a halt to the blood vessel’s constriction.

In the event that a person’s use of vibrating tools cannot be stopped, the condition will progress and permanent damage then becomes a very real possibility. Healing is practically impossible when the nerves are continuously being agitated.

Gangrene is another problem that can also occur when white finger continues to progress. At this point, necrosis may also develop. There are even some situations where necrosis of the flesh will form without white finger first progressing to gangrene.

The constant blood vessel constriction of white finger can eventually cause decreased levels of oxygen to be supplied to the tissue of the fingers through the blood. When they no longer receive adequate amounts of oxygen they need to function properly, gangrene will begin to set in. This is because the tissue’s ability to effectively fight away bacteria completely shuts down.

Once bacteria have been able to progress into gangrene, the flesh is literally consumed by the toxins that are being produced. This simply provides the bacteria with even more room to breed and grow.

While gangrene is serious enough, necrosis is a problem that is even a larger problem that can occur when white finger has progressed, or if gangrene has formed. If gangrene is stopped soon enough and before it has a chance to turn into necrosis, it can be reversed.

Cases that progress into necrosis however will require the immediate removal of tissue that has been affected. If dead tissue is left attached, it allows the deadly bacteria to cause havoc as it travels all throughout the body.

It is possible to prevent white finger from leading to gangrene or necrosis. It does however mean that people working in positions demanding the constant use of vibrating tools to pay close attention to changes that occur in their body.


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Living In the State of StuckDr. Marcia Scherer and Ms. Shelley Ducatt discuss how to interact with people who have a disability. Dr. Scherer is author of the book Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities. She is the director of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology and Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Ms. Shelley Ducatt is the Associate Director of the Student Disability Services at Texas Tech University.

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