Some warning signs for diabetes

Published 1:38 pm Monday, March 27, 2017

Diabetes is a public health crisis that is reaching epidemic proportions globally. Tuesday is Diabetes Alert Day. As such, listed are just a few points important for individuals with diabetes to be aware of to improve his or her quality of life living with diabetes.

Too much glucose, a type of sugar, in your blood can cause diabetes problems over time. High blood glucose can cause heart and blood vessel disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Damage to the eyes can lead to loss of sight or blindness. Nerve damage and poor blood flow can cause foot problems, sometimes leading to amputation. You can prevent or delay diabetes problems by keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

You may have diabetes problems if:

— your blood pressure is 130-140 over 80, or higher

— you have pain in your chest

— you have blurry or double vision, or feel pain or pressure in your eyes

— you have foot problems such as blisters, ingrown toenails, cracked skin or signs of infection

— your arms, hands, legs or feet feel numb, or you feel shooting pains.

Some diabetes problems don’t have symptoms at first. For example, you cannot tell if your kidneys are damaged until they stop working altogether. Your doctor should test your urine every year to see how well your kidneys are working.

Controlling your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol can make a big difference in staying healthy. Talk with your doctor about what your ABC goals should be and how to reach them. A stands for the A1C test — a measure of what your blood glucose has been for the last three months. B is for blood pressure and C is for cholesterol.

You can take these steps each day to reach your ABC goals:

— Follow the healthy eating plan that you and your doctor or dietitian have discussed.

— Be physically active for 30 to 60 minutes most days.

— Take your medicines as directed and keep taking them, even after you’ve reached your goals.

— If you smoke, get help to quit. (1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669)

— Ask your doctor if you should take aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

— Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, sores, swelling, redness or sore toenails.

— Learn more about diabetes atwww.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov. You can also call the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at 1–800–860–8747.

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