Emotions play a critical part in caring for your diabetes since anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, guilt, fear and shame may increase your immediate blood sugars and affect your overall glucose control. Patients may frequently experience these feelings since diabetes never takes a break and requires their constant attention. They often do not know how to incorporate these emotions into their relationships with their significant other, partner, spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. This can lead to deeper tension in the relationship which only escalates these negative emotions.
More than half of people with diabetes have some type of nerve damage. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop nerve complications including retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, and gastroparesis. Find out more about these nerve complications and what you can do to try to ward them off.
Summer is when people often take time off to go on a special vacation. Flying with diabetes requires proper planning and preparation. Discover how to make your flight easier so you can enjoy any destination you choose to visit.
An increasing number of diabetes patients are getting relief by adding alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture. When combined with traditional medical procedures, acupuncture can be helpful for people with diabetes. Find out more about acupuncture and diabetes and the effects of this alternative treatment.
Last week one of our readers wrote me that even though she is very anxious about anesthetizing her sweetheart, she is going to let her veterinarian clean her diabetic dog's teeth. I'm very proud of her. Many people have fear of anesthesia, yet the benefit to ridding a diabetic of oral infection with respect to diabetic regulation is huge. I'm betting she isn't the only one with this fear of anesthesia.