Diabetes - How to Look After Yourself
Diabetes is a disease that affects many people; it can
strike at any point in their lives. If you have diabetes you
want to be active in the management of your self-care.
more you control your diabetes self-care, the more you assume control
of your medical condition.
You may find information about
diabetes from a variety of sources, including your doctor.
When managing your care, you doctor will encourage you to
assume responsibility for the care of your diabetes, thus
your will be in charge of you self-care. Be mindful of the
fact the self-care for diabetes doesn't occur only after the
If you are at risk for this disease, inform yourself about
its symptoms and keep a close watch on what goes on within
your own body. Make it a habit to see your doctor on a
regular basis. If you are diagnosed, you will need to be
diligent about your care, staying as healthy as possible.
Your goal will be to avoid further the complications that
diabetes can trigger.
Some of the steps in self-care that a person with diabetes
can do are:
(1) arrange regular check-ups with a doctor,
(2) have eyes examined yearly to check for diabetes related
(3) schedule a regular dentist appointment each six-months
or at least yearly,
(4) stop smoking,
(5) watch diet carefully - always eat a diet composed of
healthy and balanced foods,
(6) care for the feet -- diabetes can affect the way blood
circulates to the feet.
When a person begins the process of self-care and assisting
in the management of their diabetes they feel as though they
have more say in their care and more control.
There are a variety of additional sources, such as a
Diabetes Care Center, that can provide assistance in getting
medical information. A diabetic care center is provides
information to help you with the many aspects of your
medical condition, including: planning a well balanced diet;
administering medication; planning which medical checkups
are necessary; and lending emotional support to you and your
family. Diabetes Care Centers are also actively involved in
researching cure for diabetes.
Diabetes is a genetic disease as well as a disease that can
manifest itself in the later years of life, particularly if
the patient is over weight and has some unhealthy diet and
exercise habits. If you are at risk for diabetes either
through genetics or due to your lifestyle, you should be
sure to have an annual doctor~s appointment so that you can
have an early detection of diabetes if it is going to
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