When patients are first diagnosed with diabetes, many of them are surprised
by the many ways the disease affects their health and daily lives. Diabetes
places patients at an increased risk of many other health problems, including
peripheral neuropathy, vision loss, heart disease, and even periodontal
disease. The importance of high-quality diabetes education in preventing
and managing complications should not be overlooked. If you live in Las
Vegas, consider joining one of the diabetes education classes at
Southern Hills Hospital.
Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the limbs and extremities, especially
the legs and feet, which can cause burning or stabbing pain, numbness,
and tingling. If you experience troublesome neuropathic pain, consider
asking your doctor about medical treatments that can help. It’s
important for diabetics to inspect their feet daily for signs of wounds
or infections, including toenail infections. The numbness of peripheral
neuropathy can make it difficult for patients to detect injuries. Any
abnormal changes should receive prompt medical attention to prevent other
complications such as amputation.
Managing Your Eye Health
One of the potential complications of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy,
which can lead to blindness. Like other complications, diabetics can reduce
their risk of this medical problem by
regulating their blood glucose levels carefully. Quitting smoking, controlling cholesterol and blood pressure
levels, and visiting an ophthalmologist regularly for eye exams are other
important steps to take.
Preventing Gum Disease
Diabetes interferes with the immune system’s ability to fight germs
effectively. Among other problems, this means that diabetics are at an
increased risk of periodontal disease. If left unchecked, gum disease
can eventually result in tooth loss. Proper at-home oral hygiene and regular
trips to the dentist’s office are strongly recommended for diabetics.
The diabetes educators at Southern Hills Hospital are dedicated to helping
patients live life well despite their diagnosis. Diabetic adults in the
Las Vegas area can attend our three
informational sessions: Overview of Diabetes Management, Proper Nutrition, and Medication Usage.
Call a registered nurse at (702) 880-2700 to inquire about diabetes education
and our other hospital services.