Diabetes is a worldwide health issue and affects every system in the body. Your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol must be managed. In fact, diabetic patients are treated as cardiac patients because of the nature of the disease.
Self-care is essential with diabetes. It is important to watch your diet. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, and reduce your intake of high-calorie foods and fast foods.
Self-care also includes foot care. Do not cut your toe nails and always wear shoes. Little cuts on your feet can lead to an amputation.
Physical activity is also important to ensure you maintain a healthy weight. Take your medication and check your blood sugar.
The complications of diabetes include heart disease, poor circulation, loss of limbs, blindness, and loss of kidney function resulting in dialysis.
As you drive through the city count how many dialysis centers are in your neighborhood. They seem to be on every corner. Not all dialysis patients have diabetes, but majority of them do. That is why it is essential to manage your health.
When your physician tells you that your A1C is elevated, make the decision to do something about it. This disease can be managed but you must be disciplined and follow your health professionals instructions.