A diagnosis of diabetes can be distressing or even frightening, no matter whether you are the one getting the news or a loved one of someone just diagnosed. You could be six or sixty, it doesn’t matter – being diagnosed with any life-altering illness can be hard. However, with a positive attitude, support, and willingness to take charge of the situation, you can live a happy, purpose-filled life, even with diabetes.
Your diabetic illness has various implications on your physical well-being. Uncontrolled, diabetes can affect your vision, blood circulation, and dental health. Poor circulation can lead to loss of limbs. There are many consequences to not making changes to your life and maintaining the new restrictions of diet and treatment. Knowing all the ways diabetes can negatively impact your health is important in helping you make wise choices.
Diabetes – Other Health Issues
Avoiding hospitalization and caring for their teeth, skin, and weight are other issues that people with diabetes should regularly concern themselves with, although many diabetics aren’t aware of the negative effects their illness can have on their teeth. As long a diabetics regularly brush and floss their teeth, practicing good dental hygiene, and control their blood sugar levels as everyone with this condition should, they should be able to avoid any major dental problems.
If a diabetic does find themselves in need of hospitalization, they should immediately inform hospital personnel of their diabetic illness. Wearing a medic alert bracelet can make the difference between life and death in the event of a medical emergency.
How to Live with Diabetes
In support of the truism that “knowledge is power,” learning everything possible about diabetes is the first step in learning to live with the illness. Most people with diabetes are more than able to have the families and careers of their choice and to play sports and live a full life. As long as you take control of your illness, rather than letting you control you, you should have every opportunity to live a normal life.
Living with diabetes means that you have to make a decision to personally ensure that you are as healthy as possible. One of the necessary changes a diabetic must make to ensure a long life is to develop a plan of action. This means becoming organized as to what to eat and how much daily physical activity is necessary. Keeping contact details for doctors, others to contact in case of an emergency, and resource websites handy is a necessary step.