There are many things you can do to prevent the development and progression of diabetes complications. After reading about the following diabetes complications, talk to your doctor about your health risk for these problems and some ways they can be prevented.
Your response to light touch, pressure,
temperature, movement, repositioning, and vibration, particularly in your feet and legs. Simple tests
can be used to screen for loss of sensation. The doctor may touch the end of
your toe with a cotton wisp or a thin plastic fiber (called a monofilament
test) to see whether you sense light touch or pressure. To evaluate your
sensation of temperature, a cold metal tuning fork may be held to your leg. A
vibrating tuning fork may be touched to your foot to check your sensation of
vibration. These tests should be done on both feet.
Your reflexes, especially those in your ankles and
Your blood pressure and pulse and how they change when you
are in certain positions (lying down, sitting, standing).
During every visit, your doctor needs to examine your feet for
cracked or peeling skin, excessive or reduced sweating, blisters, calluses,
ulcers, signs of infection, bone and joint abnormalities, and other problems.
You should have a complete foot exam at least once a year.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2012
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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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