Whether you have just been diagnosed with diabetes or have had it for years, you know that life is different for those with diabetes.
If you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, rest easy – it’s not the end of your life. Living with diabetes is much easier than it used to be, but there are a few new things you have to deal with.
You now need to be vigilant about what you eat. Foods with a lot of white sugar should be avoided (good advice for everyone) so that you don’t spike your blood glucose exponentially. But you also need to make sure that you are getting enough natural sugars in your diet to keep your blood glucose from dropping too low. Glucose levels which run too high invite the risk of eye, kidney, heart disease and nerve damage. Glucose levels that are too low make you feel lethargic, you might start shaking, and you might lose consciousness. See our post on a rainbow diet to get on the right track.
Make sure you take your medication on schedule. If you have type two diabetes, this means that you inject your insulin when you need it. Your doctor will let you know how much and how many times you need to take insulin in a day. If you have type one diabetes, take your medications as prescribed.
Those with diabetes run a higher risk of developing diabetic neuropathy, which is nerve damage in your feet, resulting in an inability to feel your feet. If you have have been diagnosed with neuropathy, make sure you monitor your feet daily for wounds. See our previous post on neuropathy for more information.
If you have questions on how diabetes may affect the health of your feet, get in touch with East Penn Foot and Ankle’s Diabetic Foot and Ankle Center.