You have diabetes. You’ve heard stories upon stories of terrible tales that happen to diabetics. You want to make sure you won’t have any part in those stories. I’m here to help you. I will use the word diabetes as an acronym to help you treat your peripheral ulcers so you can avoid amputation. Let’s get started!
Don’t think your life is over. You have diabetes, but diabetes doesn’t have you. The two types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition when your pancreas produces insulin, but your body can’t use the insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes is also the most popular type of diabetes that claims about 90 to 95 percent of diabetics.
Initiate the necessities that come with diabetes. Diabetes is a job, in fact, the most important job you will ever have. You must check your blood sugar daily in order to keep you diabetes in check. This is very important because your body can’t handle high or low blood sugar levels, so you must keep it in check to keep you healthy.
Allow your friends and family to help you. You don’t need to go through this alone! Your family and friends can give you strength through the hard times, and celebrate with you in the good times.
Be patient. Once you get sores on your legs or arms, they are very hard to treat and take a very long time to heal. The most common form of sores is ulcers. Ulcers are breaks in the layers of the skin that don’t heal. The cause of ulcers is very poor blood circulation, following tumors, stroke, and infections.
Expect medical challenges. You’re diabetic. Being diabetic comes with medical challenges that take a lot of time to heal. The most common problems with diabetics is the feet. If untreated, the affected area could be amputated.
Take care of your body, including your feet. Carefully inspect your feet everyday for cuts, blisters, or sores. Keep your toenails trimmed to avoid snags and cuts. Wash, don’t soak, your feet in soothing warm water each day, then dry them thoroughly. What I’m about to tell you is going to be mind-blowing! Spread honey on the infected area. The honey’s acid kills bacteria and cleanses.
Eat a healthy diet. No, I don’t mean you have to eat dry bark or mineral water. You can have a healthy diet, yet taste the most delicious foods! Let me give you some ideas on what you can eat:
Apple Cinnamon Cereal (fortified)
Sichuan Beef with Rice Stick Noodles and Mushrooms
Oysters Rockefeller with Bread Crumbs and Butter
Grilled Caribbean Chicken Breasts
Turkey and Avocado Wraps
As you can see (and soon smell) that you don’t have to give up great tasting foods. Portion control is important here, too. You can eat some of your favorite foods, just in moderation.
Stay active. Don’t like handing over your money each month for an expensive gym membership? Then don’t! There are a myriad of possibilities of exercises that you can choose from. Swimming, walking the dog, parking a little further from the store to get in more steps, water aerobics, and jumping on a trampoline are just a few of the fun exercises that you can do that won’t strain your body or your wallet. Exercise will keep your blood circulating to prevent the need for amputation.