Diabetes can be inconvenient and stressful. Don’t let this condition become painful too. Follow these steps to help mitigate some of the most common diabetes complications.
- Exercise: Poor fitness and a sugar-rich diet are even more dangerous when you have diabetes. Remember to exercise regularly. Physical activity will naturally lower your blood sugar levels and help you lower your weight. When a body receives more outlets for releasing stress, adjusting to new changes becomes easier. Maintaining a strong blood flow is also important for those with diabetes—many complications arise from constricted blood flow and insufficient circulation. If swelling and tenderness occurs in your feet, then remember to relax and keep an eye out for ulcers or sores.
- Prescribed Medications: One of the most dangerous aspects of diabetes is an increased likelihood of heart complications. Those with diabetes have a higher risk of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. Many doctors prescribe a type of medicine called an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor for treatment. ACE inhibitors speed up the flow of blood and are used to treat hypertension and heart failure. Examples of ACE inhibitors include Capoten, Vasotec, Lotensn, and Altace.
- Foot Care: Poor circulation from diabetes can cause swelling in your extremities. Feet are especially vulnerable to this condition, becoming dry and cracked with infection. Sores, ulcers, and ingrown toenails are also more likely to occur. To prevent foot damage, bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water. Monitor water temperature closely because swollen feet are vulnerable to burns. Damaged feet are also more likely to experience nerve damage. Protect your feet and prevent further injury with custom footwear designed to comfortably support your sore toes and heels. Lastly, remember to avoid crossing your legs, which constricts blood flow.
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