Most types of diabetes are lifelong diseases so you will need to always stay on top of your care and monitor your condition to stay healthy. Here are some healthcare mistakes that are commonly made by people with diabetes.
Not Getting Regular Checkups
When you have diabetes, you have the chance to develop other health issues even if you are being diligent with your medication, exercising enough, and eating right. In some cases, you may not be able to immediately tell that something is wrong. However, some ailments are hard to detect without proper testing. It is important to visit your doctor routinely for regular checkups.
Certain tests will be required every time you visit your doctor while others are only required once or twice annually. Your checkup scheduling may vary depending on your health needs, so speak to your doctor to find out what is right for you. Here are some things you should always be keeping an eye on:
- Blood pressure
- Eyes, teeth, and gum health
- Any necessary vaccinations or booster shots
Ignoring Signs From Your Mind and Body
Many people with diabetes will feel certain symptoms in their body that they should be aware of. One of the major areas of your body that can be affected by diabetes is your feet. In fact, many people who are living with diabetes have some form of nerve damage in their feet. This can often be felt first as numbness, tingling, or pain in the feet.
In addition to regular checkups with your doctor, you should pay attention to how your body feels each day. Although the symptoms may be easy to overlook at first, they could continue to worsen over time. Inspect your feet for cuts, swelling, blisters and make sure to moisturize your feet daily.
Your mental health should also be a priority if you are living with diabetes because depression or stress can have various effects on your blood sugar. In some cases, mental health issues can cause you to forget to take your medications. Additionally, if you are stressed your body naturally produces more sugar.
There are many steps you can take at home to boost your mental health daily. For example, you can learn and practice yoga to give your mind and your body time to relax and unwind. Take some time to pray or practice mindful meditation each day to release some of the stress of your day. Reading a book can also be a good way to decompress after a stressful day.