Preventing Diabetes Complications

Diabetes takes a toll on your body when left unchecked. Having too much sugar in your system can lead to a variety of complications. Let Heartland take you through some ways to prevent those problems.

Possible problems

While diabetes is a treatable disease, there can be some issues if it’s left unmanaged. One problem that can stem from diabetes is lowered vision. Cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy can all stem from diabetes. Your heart can also suffer, with high blood sugar damaging the nerves and blood vessels that keep it pumping. This increases the likelihood of heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes later in life.

Nerves to your feet can get damaged, while cuts and bruises might heal more slowly. In some cases, nerves that transmitted pain to your brain could be damaged, making it harder to even notice injuries to the feet. In extreme cases, a foot may need to be removed.

Reducing the risks

While the complications sound scary, the good news is with a doctor’s help, diabetes can easily be managed. Be sure to keep a close eye on your sugar intake. Talk to your doctor about what that level should be.

Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in check to keep your heart pumping correctly. Regular check up with your doctor can also make your disease easier to manage, since he or she can run blood, urine and other tests to make sure there are no other problems.

Check your feet every day to make sure there are no unknown injuries, and wash and dry your feet every day.

Diabetes is a lifelong disease, but that doesn’t mean it has to impede your life. Keeping tabs on your condition will allow you stay healthy and happy.