Diabetes complications are the real deal! Many of our patients have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes or have Diabetes but aren’t managing their blood sugars due to many factors: laziness, fear of what will happen next, thinking they will not be affected, or just sheer negligence. We are well aware that Diabetes complications can include kidney problems, nerve damage, and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to ulcerations (wounds on the feet) that can quickly become infected and lead to devastating amputations.
Proper Diabetes management starts with YOU! YOU have to make the decision to check your blood sugars. YOU have to follow up with her Primary Care Doctor routinely. YOU have to check your feet every day. YOU have to wear proper shoes and use proper diabetic creams. We are here to help, but at the end of the day, the ball stops with YOU! Take control of your feet and your body and you will see many benefits of putting yourself first including a boost in your mood, increase in self-confidence, and weight loss.
Here are some facts that you need to know. It may seem scary, but it’s the truth.
Yes, I know that’s a lot to swallow. We have to accept that facts are facts. That doesn’t mean we can’t make changes TODAY that will prevent this from happening! I suggest finding a quality Dietician or Nutritionist that you trust and have good repoire with to help set up a diet that will manage your blood sugars throughout the day. I have worked with Mrs. Gilda Kohan, otherwise known as Nutrition by Gilda on Instagram (NutritionbyGilda). A nutritionist will teach you the difference between a low-glycemic food, which will slowly release glucose into your bloodstream, versus a high-glycemic index food, which does the opposite.
I think the key to preventing amputations is gaining knowledge about Diabetic care and wound prevention. Here are some simple tips you can begin implementing today!
Take control of your diabetes! There are many programs across the Country hosted by The American Diabetes Association which can help you get started! I hope you find this information helpful. For more information, SUBSCRIBE to my Podcast on Itunes: The Doctor Benji Podcast