Diabetes may be a serious disease, but you can manage it to live a long and healthy life. The physicians at Argyle Family Practice, Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave, located in Argyle, TX, can help manage diabetes.
Ways to Treat Your Diabetes
Facing a diagnosis of diabetes isn't easy and can be scary at first. However, there are many ways to play an active role in your care that may ease your mind.
Meet With Your Doctor and Make a Commitment
You are not alone. The physicians at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, are here to help guide you through the basics of care while also offering support along the way. You will learn all about how to monitor your blood sugar, diet needs, medication management, and more. First, however, you have to commit yourself to manage this condition.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams and Physicals
As a person with diabetes, you will need quarterly check-ups with your physician and regular eye exams. Diabetes can cause retinal damage, cataracts, and glaucoma, so regular monitoring of your eye health is essential.
Your physician is looking for any possible complications of diabetes at your physical exams and will perform specific screening tests and monitor your labs to ensure proper management.
Receive Scheduled Vaccinations
With diabetes, you are more susceptible to certain illnesses because your immune system isn't as strong. There are routine vaccinations available that you and your doctor should discuss, and they include:
- Flu Vaccine: Administered annually and can help keep you healthy during flu season and prevent complications from the illness
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: Recommended if you have never received the vaccine and are younger than 60 years of age.
- Pneumonia Vaccine: May only need a single shot but may require a booster if you are older than 60 years of age.
- Tetanus Vaccine: Usually given every ten years
Monitor Your Foot Health
When you have high blood sugar, you can have reduced blood flow to your feet, leading to nerve damage. The numbness and tingling can be problematic if you injure your foot and don't know it. Untreated blisters or cuts can lead to a severe infection. Also, nerve damage can cause pain in your feet.
To best care for your feet, you will want to:
- Wash feet daily in lukewarm water. Avoid hot water or soaking your feet.
- Dry feet thoroughly after they get wet, paying close attention to your toes.
- Moisturize your feet with lotions or petroleum jelly, avoiding applying either between your toes.
- Check feet daily for blisters, sores, swelling, or redness.
- Notify your doctor if you experience any foot problems.
Other Ways to Manage Your Diabetes
In addition to the above, you also want to avoid smoking, perform proper oral hygiene, drink alcohol responsibly, and practice stress management techniques.
You can manage your diabetes. Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave with Argyle Family Practice, located in Argyle, TX, are here to help. Please call their office to make your appointment today at (940) 226-4850.