Preventing Diabetes Complications
Although type 1 diabetes is not curable, it can be managed by monitoring your blood glucose levels carefully and consistently, keeping up with your insulin injections, following a heart-healthy diet and adding moderate physical activity into your daily routine.
A medical support system is critical to type 1 diabetics, and may include:
• Endocrinologist, specializes in the hormone-producing glands
• Cardiologist, manages high-blood pressures, cholesterol and heart disease
• Dietitian or nutritionist, provides education on the proper diet and nutrition to manage the disease
• Podiatrist, looks at blisters, wounds, ulcers and other foot problems
• Neurologist is a nerve specialist
• Eye doctor such as an optometrist, or ophthalmologist for eye concerns
• Dentist to prevent oral infections
Working together, diabetics and their support network can reduce the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling the levels of blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids, and by receiving other preventive care practices in a timely manner.