Sometimes, living with diabetes can seem like a full-time job -- trying to
keep up with everything you need to do for proper diabetes care.
"Diabetes is a very time-consuming disease to manage well," says
Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE, and former president of health care and
education for the American Diabetes Association. "The medication, the food,
the physical activity -- you add life in general to that whole picture and it
ends up being quite challenging."
Triple-antibiotic cream for dressing cuts or scrapes
4x4 sterile gauze pads for covering wounds
The phone number for your local wound care center or doctor's
Although cleaning your wound, dressing it with antibiotics, and covering it
with gauze are important steps in diabetes wound care, don't stop there. A
wound care specialist should see even minor injuries and foot sores, within
seven days at most.
SOURCES: Boulton, A.J. The Lancet, November 2005; vol 366, issue
9498: pp 1719-1724. American Diabetes Association: "Complications of
Diabetes in the United States." Harold Brem, MD, director, Wound Healing
Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: "Diabetic Foot." Jeffrey
Buehrer, MD, vascular surgeon, wound care specialist, Firelands Regional
Medical Center, Sandusky, Ohio. National Diabetes Education Program:
"Medicare Coverage of Therapeutic Footwear for People with Diabetes."
American Society for Clinical Investigation: "Cellular and Molecular Basis
of Wound Healing In Diabetes." Brunilda Nazario, MD, diabetes specialist,
senior medical editor, WebMD.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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