How does diabetes affect my health?
Over time, high blood glucose leads to problems such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Eye problems
- Nerve damage
- Foot problems
- Dental disease
It may be easy to overlook the complications that occur in poorly treated diabetes. This is because diabetes is a long term disease, and many people assume that the symptoms are simply due to the ageing process. However, without proper control, problems can slowly creep up unnoticed and can have a major effect on your loved ones life once an incident occurs.
Complications such as blindness, serious foot problems which require amputation, frequent hospitalisations from hypoglycemia or kidney failure is not only distressing for the person, but also their carers and family members.
If your loved one is living with diabetes, simple steps can be taken to manage their condition and stay healthy.
Monitoring blood glucose and HbA1c
You can help your loved one keep a check to see how their food, exercise, medication or insulin and even stress affects their blood glucose levels. Knowing their blood glucose and glycated haemoglobin ( HbA1c) levels can help them make necessary changes to their lifestyle.
* HbA1c is the average blood glucose levels for the last two to three months. This can be checked at the clinic/medical centre by the Nurse.
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