Because you have
diabetes, you will need to be especially careful to
protect your feet from injury.
Wear shoes all the time. If you do not want to
wear shoes indoors, wear slippers with hard soles and good support. Keep your
shoes next to your bedside and slip them on your feet as soon as you get out of
bed. This will help you develop the habit of wearing footwear and will protect
Wear socks in bed if your feet are cold at
Apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet when they will be
exposed to the sun.
Wear protective beach or surf shoes when
swimming. Wear shower shoes in public baths and pools to prevent athlete's
foot, plantar warts, and other contagious conditions.
walkways in your home clear. Pick up objects that you might trip over. Arrange
the furniture so that you have a clear path through your house, especially a
clear path to the bathroom at night.
Check your shoes
Always check inside your shoes before you put
them on. Look and feel for loose objects, pebbles or dirt, a torn lining, rough
spots, or anything else that could cause discomfort or
Before putting on your shoes, check the soles of the shoes
for any nails or tacks that may puncture your foot.
Things to avoid
Wearing tight shoes
without socks or stockings
Walking barefoot, even
Using hot water bottles or heating pads on your
Walking on very hot pavement or beach sand while barefoot or
while wearing thin-soled shoes
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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