A 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.