Diabetes complications can be stopped with good preventative care
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
1 - American Association of Diabetes Educators. AADE 7 Self-Care Behaviors. (Accessed 2/19/08).
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