5 things only a person with Diabetes would understand

5 Things Only
a Person With Diabetes
Would Understand

Every disease comes with its own share of do’s and don’ts and diabetes is no different. But as any good doctor will tell you, precautions need to be taken for every affliction if the healing process is to take effect.

Here’s a list of five things that are normally associated with a person suffering from diabetes:

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1. Warming devices can be hazardous

Warming devices can be hazardous

Diabetics are often advised not to use electric blankets or heating pads or take hot baths. The reason being they are especially prone to developing neuropathy, which is pain and numbness in the hands or feet. This in turn makes them unable to gauge how hot a heating pad is on the skin or how hot the water in the bath really is, upping the risk of a serious burn injury 1,2

2. Lotions are their new best friends

Soothing lotion

About one in three diabetics develop a related skin disorder and struggle with very dry skin. If your skin dries out, it might result in an infection that could take a long time to heal, since a diabetic’s blood doesn’t circulate well. Applying a soothing lotion can help decrease the chance of cuts and breaks in the skin.3, 4

3. Annual eye exams become mandatory

Dilated eye exam

Diabetics are recommended to take a dilated eye exam ever year. That's because it's easy to spot burst blood vessels in the eyes. If blood vessels are bursting in the eyes, it can be a sign of underlying complications of the disease. 5, 6

4. Depression is common

Depression

It is usually associated with poor disease control, adverse health outcomes and impaired quality of life. It is important to discuss this with a professional before these feelings worsen.7

5. Feeling low before an exercise routine

Have a pre-exercise snack

If your blood glucose levels are dipping down before a workout, have a pre-exercise snack. Always carry a carbohydrate food or drink (like juice or glucose tabs) that will quickly raise your blood glucose. It may take a while to figure out what works best for you.8

If your blood glucose level is less than 100 mg/dl before you start your activity, try having a small carbohydrate snack (about 15 grams) to increase your blood glucose and reduce your risk for hypoglycemia.8

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