Diabetes  Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Diabetes lifestyleWhen you have been diagnosed with diabetes one of the first things a doctor will tell you is that you need to review all of the aspects of your lifestyle to see if you can make healthier choices.  Many people know that they will have to change to a diabetes diet to ensure that the food that they consume will help them manage their condition.  But there are other factors that you can look at to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid diabetic complications.

Make sure you get enough sleep

One of the areas that people often overlook when they think about a healthy lifestyle is sleep.  There is some evidence that deprivation of sleep may actually be one of the factors for developing diabetes, but if you already have the condition, getting a good night’s sleep can help to regulate blood glucose levels.  Also if you have high blood sugar then the body tries to get rid of it by urination, and this means you may be up during the night several times visiting the bathroom.  Ensuring you are eating the right food during the day to avoid increasing your blood sugar levels, and then making sure you are getting enough restful sleep at night is critical to being healthy.  The other benefit of a good sleep is that usually you wake up and feel like exercising or doing physical activity.  This is very important as increased activity can also help to keep your blood glucose levels stable.

Good hygiene is important for diabetics

Another factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is focusing on good oral hygiene.  This is because when you have increased levels of glucose in your blood you will also have higher levels present in your saliva.  This can be one of the reasons people with diabetes often suffer much higher levels of periodontal disease.  Paying more attention to cleaning and flossing your teeth as well as using mouthwash is a good way you can keep periodontal disease at bay.

People with diabetes also have to watch for any changes in their feet, including excessively dry skin, calluses and foot ulcers and infections.  Diabetes can damage the nerves that control the amount of moisture to your feet, leading to serious complications.  All of these ailments can be prevented by regular examination of your feet, and quick preventative treatment for any minor cuts, abrasions or calluses.  Many doctors will recommend that patients with diabetes make regular visits to a podiatrist (an expert in foot conditions) for preventative advice and care of any issues.

Did you know that people with diabetes are much more likely to develop some form of hearing loss?  The National Institute of Health has found that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing problems than those without the condition.  As high blood sugar levels can damage nerves, some researchers believe that the nerves in the ear could be damaged as well, thus effecting the person’s ability to hear.  Just as it is important to keep an eye on your feet, it is also important then to monitor your hearing, and talk to your doctor if you feel there have been any noticeable changes.

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