Fearful of Complications?

By dietcherry Latest Reply 2011-12-05 17:24:51 -0600
Started 2011-12-04 17:57:18 -0600

Over the last several years, a number of studies have shown us that diabetes-related complications are the consequence of both poor glucose control and conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The latter are associated with advancing age, genetic risk, and an unhealthy lifestyle. As long as you continue to control your blood sugar, with close follow-up from your Dr, then concentrating on lifestyle factors is the best way to improve your odds of avoiding complications.

As you grow older, regular exercise and ideal body weight maintenance become increasingly important components of diabetes care.

Having a sustained normal or near-normal glucose level, blood pressure below 120/80, and a low-density lipoprotein level below 100 mg/dl will help in staving off bad outcomes.

Besides home glucose monitoring, get an A1c test regularly. Levels below 7% are associated with reduced complications—close to 6 is even better.

Other risk factors you can change through exercise and a healthy diet include a triglyceride level below 150 mg/dl and and an HDL-C level above 40 mg/dl.

If you are over age 40, you might be able to take a daily aspirin, which considerably reduces cardiovascular risk. Most importantly, quitting smoking is the single most critical step you will ever take toward preventing many of the diabetes-related complications.

-Excerpted from Everyday Health

10 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-04 20:51:21 -0600 Report

We can always count on you to bring us information we need to know, or remind us of things we did know. You are a wonderful asset to this community. Thank you for your caring and support of us all.
Blessings, Mickey

jayabee52 2011-12-04 18:08:10 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing this, Renee! Valuable information for us all!

dietcherry 2011-12-04 18:20:00 -0600 Report

Thanks James! It actually eased the anxiety I sometimes feel about complications!

Young1s 2011-12-04 18:25:44 -0600 Report

It goes to show you, no matter how long you have been living/dealing with diabetes, there is always something to learn and reasons to remain on your toes.

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