MANAGING YOUR DIABETES                 

Daily Routines For Better health

How Can I Manage My Diabetes?

It takes time, attention and daily practice to effectively manage your diabetes. By managing your diabetes, you can help minimize or even avoid many of the negative complications of diabetes.

Ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist or health agency that specializes in health & nutrition for people with diabetics.  They will help you learn good nutrition and dietary management.  Also, get a physical exam and talk with your doctor about increasing your physical activity or starting a regular exercise plan.

FOOT CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR DIABETICS

•Proper foot care can prevent disease, delay onset, and progression of diabetic foot disease.

•Check your feet daily and look for:

◦skin color changes, (see your doctor immediately)

◦pain in the leg,

◦ingrown or fungal toenails (see your doctor immediately)

◦corns or calluses,

◦swelling of the foot or ankle,

◦open sores that are slow to heal,

◦dry cracks in the ski


These simple routine practices will lead to prompt detection and management of foot problems, can prevent foot infections, and allow you to avoid complications as depicted in the diagrams below.

 
  1. 1.Manage Your Diet & Your Weight

  2. 2.Get More Exercise & Physical Activity

  3. 3.Check & Control Your Blood Sugar

  4. 4.Check & Control Your Blood Pressure

  5. 5.Find Ways To Manage Stress

  6. 6.Care For Your Feet Properly

  7. 7.Give Your Teeth Proper Care & Hygiene

  8. 8.Take Your Medication As Directed

To Successfully Manage Your Diabetes,

This Daily Routine Is Worth Practicing

Ask your doctor for advice, assistance and resources to help manage your diabetes.

1. Manage your diet and weight.

2. Increase your exercise and physical activity.

3. Check and control blood sugar regularly.

4. Check and  control your blood pressure.

5. Find effective ways to manage your stress.

6.  Give your feet proper daily care.

7. Give your teeth proper hygiene and regular care.

8. Take all of your medications as directed.

Professionals, like podiatrists, pedorthists, orthotists and prosthetists  can provide specialized foot care and  guidance for people with diabetes.

FOOT CARE & SHOE GUIDE:

•Never walk barefoot.       

•Ensure your shoe is made of soft leather; avoid plastics.

•Use proper walking or running shoes only; ask your foot doctor for advice.

•Never soak your feet in salt (Epsom Salt).

•Check the inside of each shoe with your hand before placing your feet in them.

•Inspect the soles of your feet daily. If you are unable to see the bottom of your feet, place a mirror against a wall to see their reflection.

•Buy new shoes at the end of the day, and break in new shoes 2 hours every day for 2-3 weeks before using shoes normally.

•If you have a problem with your feet, see an orthotist for custom or specially molded shoes just for your feet.
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FOOT CARE PRACTICES FOR DIABETES:

Wash Your Feet Daily:

•Use mild soap and lukewarm water in the morning or before bed at night.

•Gently dry your feet with a soft towel, especially in-between the toes.

•Use a moisturizer (avoid using lotion between the toes) to keep skin supple. Eucerin or cetaphil lotions are recommended by dermatologists.

•If you notice any redness, see your doctor or podiatrist immediately.


Cutting Your Toenails:

•Cut toenails straight across or file with an emery board.

•Never cut into corners to prevent the risk of ingrown toenails.

•Cut toenails after bathing when they are soft and easier to trim.
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