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Diabetes: Head to Toe Care

Timeless Fitness Tip

Diabetes Needs Care

Eye Doctor with Eye Chart

Diabetes can lead to vision loss or even blindness.

Take Care of Your Eyes

  • Keep your blood sugar under control.
  • Bring high blood pressure down.
  • Get a dilated eye exam by an eye doctor every year.

See an eye doctor if:

  • Your vision is blurry.
  • You see double, spots or floaters.
  • One or both eyes hurt
  • You feel pressure in your eye.
  • You cannot see things at the sides like you used to.
  • You have trouble reading.

Have a Healthy Heart

The Human Heart

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure than those who do not have diabetes.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Become more physically active.
  • Have your blood pressure checked at each doctor visit.
  • Ask your doctor what your blood pressure goal should be. A blood pressure level under 130/85mm Hg is the goal for most people.
  • Don't smoke.

Your Feet

Diabetes can harm the blood vessels and nerves in your feet. To keep your feet healthy:

  • Keep your blood sugar in control.
  • Take off your shoes and socks and have your feet checked at least once a year - more often if you have any foot problems.
  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them, even between toes.
  • Check daily for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.
  • Never walk barefoot.
  • Wear shoes that fit well. If you have lost feeling in your feet, ask your health care provider for advice on proper shoes.
  • Cut your toenails straight across and file the edges.
  • Shake out your shoes before putting them on.

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