When you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is very important. Poor foot care can lead to serious problems, including possibly having to remove -- or amputate -- the foot or leg.
As a person with diabetes, you are more vulnerable to foot problems because the disease can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. The American Diabetes Association has estimated that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious problems can be prevented. It's important that your doctor check your feet at least once a year for any problems.
Managing stress is key for people with diabetes. When you're stressed, you may skip meals or forget to take your medicines, which will affect your blood sugar level.
Everyone has some stress; it's a fact of life. What matters is how you handle it. These six tips will help.