Diabetes is a disease that often causes other health problems to develop with your heart, kidneys, blood flow, feet, and eyes. These problems may in turn lead to foot ulcers (also known as wounds or sores) and infection. Understanding how to control your diabetes is essential to preventing mostof these health problems. This means checking your blood sugar (also known as glucose) daily; and keeping it between 80 and 120 mg/dl at all times. This goal often requires a team approach between you, your doctor and your nurse. Checking your blood glucose every day is vital in order for you to know if it is under control. If you notice that your blood glucose is higher or lower than it should be, it is important to notify your doctor so they can help you to get it back under control. Your doctor may want to order a lab test called a “Hemoglobin A1C”, this test will tell him/her how your blood sugar levels have been for the last 3 months. If tested, you should know your HgbA1C number and how it relates to glucose control.
Taking care of this disease can sometimes seem a little complicated, but millions of people with diabetes are able to live a normal, healthy life. It is very important to have a healthy, well-balanced diet as recommended by your doctor or nurse. Taking your medications every day and on time will also help you to keep your blood glucose at acceptable levels. Lastly, regular exercise (as determined by your physician) is very important part of taking care of your diabetes. You should also understand that having diabetes doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to have another piece of birthday cake or an ice cream cone on a hot day. It means learning to balance what and how much you eat, exercising regularly, and taking your medicine in the proper amounts at the proper times. The doctors and nurses at the Advanced Wound Center will help you find the assistance you need in learning more about living a healthy life with diabetes.