Cut Your Complications Risk ( Diabetes )
The landmark Diabetes Control & Complications Trial (DCCT) found that people with type 1 diabetes can reduce their risk of complications by 50 percent by maintaining tight blood sugar control.
Other ways to cut your risk of diabetes-related complications:
Treat your feet. Check your feet regularly for cuts, blisters, and abrasions; wear comfortable and protective shoes and socks; and visit your podiatrist annually to prevent diabetic foot problems.
Quit smoking. Smoking greatly increases your chance of cardiovascular complications, and people with diabetes are already at high risk for that.
Stay on schedule. Get all recommended checkups and screenings on time, including an annual dilated eye exam and twice-a-year trips to your dentist.
Exercise daily. Aside from keeping your blood glucose levels down and improving overall health, daily exercise is a great stress reducer and mood booster.
Mind your mental health. Stress and depression can have a negative impact on your blood glucose control. A diabetes support group may help you cope with some of these challenges. Talk to your diabetes care team about stress-management techniques and treatment options for depression.
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