Keeping Diabetes Complications Out of Your Life
Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management. People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes work closely with their doctors to keep their blood glucose levels under control with medications and lifestyle modifications. By carefully management diabetes, you can reduce the risk of complications that require emergency care and that can even be life-threatening. Take these steps to manage your chances of experiencing diabetes complications.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Keeping your weight under control is one of the best things you can do for your diabetes. Excess weight impacts the way your body uses insulin and increases your risk of other diabetes complications , like heart disease and stroke. For people with type 2 diabetes, losing weight can even reduce the need for medication. Choose lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of high-fiber, whole grain carbs, and avoid high-fat, high-sugar food choices. Aim to get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Even a brisk daily walk can help you manage your weight and keep your diabetes problems under control.
Follow Your Care Plan
Stick to the care plan your doctor has created for you, including taking your medications as directed and testing your blood glucose frequently. Regular blood glucose checks help you identify patterns in blood glucose levels and allow you to catch dangerous blood glucose swings that could require emergency care, such as rapidly rising blood glucose that could lead to a medical emergency called diabetic ketoacidosis.
See Your Doctor Regularly
Your doctor is your partner in managing your diabetes, and you should have regular appointments to allow him or her to monitor the success of your treatment and to make any necessary changes to give you the best possible control of your illness. Your doctor will also monitor your symptoms of complications, such as neuropathy, vision problems, kidney problems, and skin infections.
If you have diabetes, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers the comprehensive care you need, including emergency care in West Hills and ongoing management from our specialists. You can find out more about our services and request a physician referral by calling (818) 676-4321.