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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by Lindsey Guerin
As a Type A personality with a perfectionist streak, diabetes management is something that easily gets under my skin. If I can’t do something perfect, then I’d much rather just not do it at all. Which is why burnout creeps up on me super fast. A few days of pesky numbers and I am ready to throw all things diabetes out the window and watch it get hit by an 18-wheeler. So attempting to get my A1c into the lowest possible range ever has proven incredibly tasking for my perfectionist...