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How can you avoid diabetes complications?

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Diabetes is a serious problem and you need to take care if you have it. It’ll need your round-the-clock commitment. If you can take the necessary care, it is possible to reduce the risk of serious complications. Let’s find out how you can avoid diabetes complications.

Make a commitment

It is very important for you to make a commitment to take the necessary care if you are a diabetic. It needs constant care in different aspects of your life such as diet, exercise and lifestyle. Without your commitment, it is no way possible to keep your diabetes condition under control. It is important to learn the basics of diabetes care and you can learn it from the doctor, primary care giver, diabetes nurse and your dietician. It is very important that you learn everything about diabetes. What you need to do that? It is because it will help you to make healthy eating and regular physical exercise important parts of your life which will help you to maintain and control diabetes.

Control your blood pressure and cholesterol

If you are suffering from diabetes, it is very important for you to control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. High blood pressure can damage blood vessels. On the other hand, high cholesterol can create hard problems. When you have diabetes, the effect and the damage is worse and rapid. If you have all these conditions together, it can result in serious health complications like heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening conditions. If you eat a healthy and low fat diet and perform regular exercise, that will help you to control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Up-to-date vaccines

It is possible that high blood sugar may weaken your immune system and if that happens other types of health issues may show up. To avoid that, you will need routine vaccines. Your doctor will be able to tell you about the vaccines and their schedules. Some of the important vaccines necessary for you are flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine and other vaccines.

 A yearly flu vaccine will help you to keep away from flu during the season and will also prevent any serious complication. A pneumonia vaccine will help you to get rid of pneumonia. It is very important if you are of age 65 or older. In that case you may need a five-year booster shot. Hepatitis B vaccine is important for people who have diabetes and who have not previously received the vaccine. Also ensure that you are up to date with your other vaccines.

Schedule regular checkups

It is very important for you to schedule regular checkups. 2 to 3 diabetes checkups every year is very important. It is also important to go through a physical and routine eye exam. These examinations will help you to find out if you have other problems such as kidney damage, heart disease or nerve damage. Such examinations will also help you to screen for other medical problems.

Stop smoking

If you are a diabetic and you smoke, it is very important for you and your health to stop smoking right now. If you smoke, it will increase risk of various diabetes complications may include reduce flow of blood in the legs and feet that may result in different types of infections, ulcers and more serious complications than that. Smoking may also increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and different types of eye problems resulting in blindness. Regular smoking may also cause nerve damage and kidney problems in diabetic people.

References

1. The Big Diabetes Lie – Real Dr Approved Diabetes Offer
2. Preventing and Managing Diabetes Complications
3. Diabetes – long-term effects