Reducing Risks

Diabetes complications can be stopped with good preventative care

By Theresa Garnero

There are several healthcare services that are recommended on a regular basis that can reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications:

  • Annual eye exams
  • Routine medical follow-up appointments
  • Regular dental exams
  • Daily foot checks
  • Stopping smoking
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Daily baby aspirin use (if approved by your doctor)

This self-care behavior is like the car maintenance schedule of diabetes management. Certain tests need to be done at specific times to prolong the life and efficiency of your car, and likewise, your body.

Visit these resources for key information on reducing your diabetes-related risk:

Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes and Dental Problems

Recognizing Foot Problems

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

Diabetes and Flu Shots

GO BACK TO THE SEVEN SELF-CARE HABITS INDEX

Last Modified Date: July 03, 2013

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