Effects of diabetes
- Eyes: Can cause problems with the eyes including blindness.
- Blood sugar: Leads to persistently elevated blood sugar levels.
- Heart: Can increase susceptibility to heart attacks.
- Kidneys: Can cause damage to the kidneys.
- Nerves: Can cause nerve damage making the hands and feet to hurt, tingle, or feel numb.
How to avoid diabetes
- There are precautions you can take to avoid getting diabetes.
- Exercise: Exercise helps keep a healthy blood sugar level, maintain a healthy weight, manage stress. and improve sleep.
- Eat healthy: Eat a balanced diet low in saturated fats and sugars in order to maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar level.
- Manage weight: Make sure you are at a healthy weight for your body type and take special notice to any weight you gain around your midsection.
How to manage your diabetes
- Don't skip medication. Follow your doctor's recommendations and do not skip a dosage, even if you feel fine.
- Don't stress. Stress can complicate diabetes so speak to someone if you ever need support.
- Don't smoke. in addition to its many other dangers, smoking can harm your circulatory system.
- Keep teeth healthy. Higher blood sugar levels lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Check blood glucose. Keep track of your blood sugar levels to stay in control of your diabetes.
- Check your feet. Check your feet daily for cuts, sores, and swelling and call your doctor if they don't go away.
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