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Two good reasons to take diabetes seriously.

Managing diabetes can be complex, but it shouldn’t mean missing out on the good things in life, like dipping your feet in the surf on a sunny day. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your feet.1

Take the time to talk to your healthcare professional about blood glucose monitoring and stay two steps ahead.

Diabetes and your feet

High blood sugar (glucose) can damage nerves, especially in the legs and feet. To prevent this damage occurring and leading to more serious problems, it is essential to manage blood glucose levels appropriately.

Structured blood glucose monitoring helps people with diabetes to understand what’s happening on a daily basis. Learn more about self-monitoring here.

Looking after your feet

Your feet support you every day. Look after your feet now to help prevent complications later.

ü  CHECK both your feet every day for things such as blisters, sores and hard skin

ü  CLEAN your feet with soap and water

ü  DRY your feet well, especially between your toes

ü  MOISTURISE your feet daily to avoid dry skin

ü  KEEP your toenails at a sensible length

ü  WEAR clean socks that aren’t too tight around your legs

ü  CHOOSE well-fitting shoes that are comfortable to wear and protect your feet from cuts and abrasions

ü   SEE your doctor for a thorough foot examination at least once a year2

 

Learn more about foot care from Diabetes Australia here. 

 

Reference: 1. Deed, G et al., Early and tight glycaemic control: The key to managing type 2 diabetes AFP 2012; 41(9): 681-684. 2. Diabetes Australia. Caring for your feet. Available at https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/caring-for-your-feet (last accessed April 2018).

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