Diabetics require extra care to maintain their blood sugar levels and avoid the accompanying complications of uncontrolled diabetes. Your feet are of specific concern because of the way diabetes affects the body. The team at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, under Dr. John C. Marzano has prepared a list for you to keep your diabetes in check and enjoy your summer vacation:
MONITOR YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
The best way to safeguard your health as a person with diabetes is to keep a tight rein on your blood sugar levels. Keep your blood glucose home test kit with you, even on vacation, and record your fasting (8 hours) blood sugar levels every morning.
CHECK YOUR FEET EVERY DAY
Check your feet for cuts, scrapes, swelling, loss of sensation, and any discoloration every day. Not many diabetics are aware of Diabetic Foot – a form of neuropathic complication of diabetes – where high blood sugar levels affect the nerves and blood circulation of peripheral limbs. This can lead to delayed healing of the wounds, numbness, and in severe cases, gangrene.
Stick to a food plan that suits you and helps keep blood sugar levels in check. Plan a food strategy for picnics and events. Try controlling your portions if you tend to try new cuisines and street food on vacation.
LOOKOUT FOR HYPOGLYCEMIA
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) can creep up on any person with diabetes. Sudden drops in blood sugar levels can cause dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Keep with you handy foods like bananas, Greek yogurt, or nuts that steadily increase blood sugar levels while you are roaming around on vacation.
KEEP YOUR DOCTOR IN THE LOOP
Keep your doctor abreast of your health condition. Consult a general doctor or a podiatrist in your surroundings if you detect any change in your health, including foot health. A podiatrist should be an essential part of your diabetic management team.
Dr. John C. Marzano of Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., is a board-certified Podiatrist in Yonkers, NY. For consultation and appointments contact us at (914) 423-0600 or visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701.