High blood sugar levels is usually associated with the body’s inability to respond to the hormone insulin. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include, frequent urination, blurred vision, unexpected weight loss, constant thirst, recurring infections as well as cuts and bruises that are slow to heal along with a tingling sensation and numbness in the hands and feet. In type 1 diabetes, the body produces little or no insulin at all. In type 2 diabetes the pancreas produces insulin, however the insulin does not work efficiently. There is no such a thing as a mild or moderate diabetes. Diabetes is a serious medical condition and if left untreated, the disease causes nerve damage as well as damage to the small and large blood vessels in the body resulting in numerous other medical complications such as impotence,kidney disease, erectile dysfunction and blindness. Wounds tend to heal much slower in diabetics and hence it is imperative that diabetics acquire proper foot care. Statistically diabetics are more prone to foot problems than non diabetic patients. Nutrition, lifestyle changes and exercising regularly also plays an important role in lowering blood sugar levels. Stop by our clinic to get your blood sugar test done at a minimal fee by our friendly clinic sister. The test involves a small prick of the finger tips, extracting some blood onto a test strip and then waiting for approximately five minutes for the blood sugar machine to read the results. It is better to do a blood sugar test on an empty stomach. Our nursing sister will also be able to provide you with all the relevant information you require about diabetes in terms of nutrition and lifestyle changes. Don’t forget to allow the sister to do a physical examination on your feet as well if you are a diabetic. Any calluses, corns or breaks in the skin should be pointed out to the nursing sister during your physical examination at our clinic.
Date: February 7, 2015