High blood sugar can weaken your immune system.

Ask your doctor about:

  • Flu vaccine

A yearly flu vaccine can help you stay healthy during flu season as well as prevent serious complications from the flu.

  • Pneumonia vaccine

Most times pneumonia vaccine requires only one shot. If you have diabetes complications or you’re age 65 or older, you may need a five-year booster shot.

  • Hepatitis B vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the hepatitis B vaccine for adults with diabetes who haven’t previously received the vaccine and are younger than 60. If you’re age 60 or older and have never received the hepatitis B vaccine, talk to your doctor about whether it’s right for you.

  • Other vaccines

Stay up to date with your tetanus shot. Your doctor may recommend other vaccines as well.

  • Yearly Physical

Schedule two to three diabetes checkups a year, in addition to your yearly physical and routine eye exams.

During the physical, your doctor will ask about your nutrition and activity level and look for any diabetes-related complications — including signs of kidney damage, nerve damage and heart disease — as well as screen for other medical problems.

Your eye care specialist will check for signs of retinal damage, cataracts and glaucoma.

High blood pressure can damage your blood vessels. High cholesterol is a concern, since the damage is often worse and more rapid when you have diabetes. Prevention can reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening conditions.

Eating a healthy, reduced-fat diet and exercising regularly can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol. Your doctor may also recommend certain prescription medication.

Dr. Yaseen Odeh, can help you learn the basics of diabetes care and offer support along the way. But it’s up to you to manage your condition.

Learn all you can about diabetes. Make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily routine. Maintain a healthy weight. Monitor your blood sugar level, and follow your doctor’s instructions for managing your blood sugar level.

Diabetes is a serious disease. Following your diabetes treatment plan takes a strong commitment.  Careful diabetes care can reduce your risk of serious — even life-threatening — complications.

Pay attention to your feet

Dr. Odeh always advices about the feet, High blood sugar can reduce blood flow and damage the nerves in your feet. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can lead to serious infections. Diabetes can lead to pain, tingling or loss of sensation in your feet.

Check your feet daily for calluses, blisters, sores, redness or swelling.

If you have a sore or other foot problem that doesn’t start to heal within a few days, please see make an appointment to see Dr. Odeh.

Finally, Dr. Odeh recommends that you take control of your stress, the hormones your body may produce in response to prolonged stress may prevent insulin from working properly, which only makes matters worse.  Learn relaxation techniques. Make sure to get enough sleep.

Diabetes care can be controlled. If you’re willing to do your part, you can live a healthy life while taking control of your diabetes.

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