Author : Nitin Soni
You may be diagnosed with diabetes at any time in your life. Should you contract this disease, it will be important for you to take care yourself. This will help put you in charge of controlling the progressive disease. You can find information about it in a number of places, but the best place to start is with your own physician. Your doctor will encourage you to practice self-care since you are responsible for how you live your life. By the way self-care for diabetes extends to those who haven't been diagnosed as well.
If you are at risk for this disease, inform yourself about its symptoms and keep a close watch on what goes on within your own body. Make it a habit to see your doctor on a regular basis. If you are diagnosed, you will need to be diligent about your care, staying as healthy as possible. Your goal will be to avoid further the complications that diabetes can trigger.
Some of the steps in self-care that a person with diabetes can do are:
(1) arrange regular check-ups with a doctor.
(2) have eyes examined yearly to check for diabetes related eye.
(3) schedule a regular dentist appointment each six-months or at least yearly.
(4) stop smoking.
(5) watch diet carefully - always eat a diet composed of healthy and balanced foods.
(6) care for the feet -- diabetes can affect the way blood circulates to the feet.
When a person begins the process of self-care and assisting in the management of their diabetes they feel as though they have more say in their care and more control.
A Diabetes Care Center is a great way to get additional help from a medical source other than your doctor. A diabetic care center is there to help you with all aspects of your medical condition that includes helping you plan a well balanced diet, help administering medication, help in evaluating which medical checkups you should be pursuing, and providing emotional support for you and your family. Diabetes Care Centers are also there to conduct research into finding a cure for diabetes.
Although diabetes is a genetic disease, it can strike at any time, especially in later years. That is one reason why it's so important to maintain a healthy weight and do some kind of exercise regularly. If you are at risk due to a predisposition within your family or because you don't take good care of yourself, see your doctor at least once a year to ensure early detection.