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  • Check your feet every day
    for scratches, cracks, cuts, or blisters, especially between the toes
    and around the heel. Also look for changes in color, temperature, or
    shape. If you notice any of these problems, tell your doctor.
  • Always wear socks/stockings
    with your shoes. Woolen and cotton socks are recommended.
  • Make an appointment every
    year with a doctor who specializes in diabetic eye disease to help detect
    eye problems in the early stages.
  • People with type 2 diabetes
    are at greater risk for heart disease. Eating foods that are lower in
    fat, especially saturated fat, can help you lose weight and reduce your
    risk for developing heart disease.
  • Keeping your blood sugar
    near normal can help reduce the risk of eye disease.
  • Controlling your blood sugar
    and blood pressure can help protect your body from long-term diabetes
    complications.
  • Special foot care is necessary
    when you have diabetes. Poor circulation, damage to nerves, and trouble
    fighting infections can make foot problems very serious. You can help
    prevent major problems by following a daily routine of checking and
    caring for your feet.
  • Depression is common in
    people with a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes. A lack of energy,
    changes in eating habits, changes in sleep patterns, and a loss of interest
    in activities that you previously enjoyed are all symptoms of depression.
    Talk to your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these
    symptoms.
  • Visit a podiatrist for routine
    foot care. Podiatrists are trained to provide good foot care and nail
    care.
  • Take care of foot ulcers.
    You can do your part by keeping your feet clean and dry and following
    instructions from your health care provider.
  • Glaucoma is more common
    in people with type 2 diabetes and can cause blindness if it is not
    treated. It is important to get a yearly eye examination to be screened
    for glaucoma and other diabetes-related eye health problems.
  • Notify your doctor if you
    notice any swelling, tingling, burning, or numbness of your feet.
  • If you are pregnant or
    thinking about becoming pregnant, be sure to talk to your health care
    provider.
  • Set achievable goals. With
    the help of your health care team, set practical goals. Approach your
    diabetes care in a step-by-step manner.
  • Ask for support. Tell your
    family and friends what their support means to you. Bring family members
    with you to meet with your health care team. This can be a very constructive
    way to include them in your support network.
  • Diabetes can damage the
    large blood vessels that surround the heart and carry blood to the arms,
    legs, and head. This causes the heart to work harder, which can lead
    to a heart attack or stroke. Damage to the large blood vessels has very
    few early symptoms, but some people may have cuts or sores that heal
    slowly, leg cramps that go away with rest, or dizzy spells.
  • People with diabetes are
    at risk for skin problems and infections. You need to take care of your
    skin, especially the skin on your feet. Learn to spot the first signs
    of infection and ask your doctor what to do about them. Taking care
    of your body is part of managing your diabetes.
  • Diabetes can cause damage
    to your eyes and cause blindness. Finding and treating eye problems
    as soon as possible can help prevent blindness. Be sure to have your
    eyes examined by a doctor once a year.
  • Eye damage from diabetes
    has no symptoms in the early, most treatable stages. Visit an eye doctor

    immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of eye damage:
    blurred or double vision, narrowed field of vision, seeing dark spots,
    a feeling of pressure or pain in the eyes, or difficulty seeing in dim
    light.

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