Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Diabetes Care: Part 2

If You Have Diabetes Know When to Seek Medical Care - 
By: John Bradstreet
When a person has any injury to feet or legs, no matter how small, a small cut can be serious for a person with diabetes. Receiving treatment for any problems with the person's lower extremities is very important. This is why many people with this disease receive regular diabetic foot care. It is critical in preserving function of the legs and avoiding amputation.

Infections can be much more serious for people with diabetes than other people. A low grade fever, usually below 101.5 F, can be a sign of infection. Make special note of any conditions such as painful urination, chest pain, redness or swelling on the skin or abdominal pain. This will help your doctor to pinpoint the source of the infection.

If the patient can keep liquids down but has nausea or vomiting you need to let your doctor know immediately. He or she may want to adjust the medications while the patient is still sick and recommend an urgent office visit or a visit to the emergency room. Persistent nausea or vomiting can be a sign of ketoacidosis, which can be a life threatening condition.

If the patient has a non healing sore or ulcer on their feet or legs you should see your doctor. These types of sores can be easily evaluated with an office visit provided the patient does not have a fever and their blood sugar levels are under control.

When meeting a Doctor, Have a list of medications being taken, medical problems, allergies to any medicines and a blood sugar diary handy. This will help them determine the urgency of the situation and proceed with the best plan of action.

John Bradstreet is an experienced Biochemist with extensive knowledge in nutritional supplementation. He has more than 25 years of increasing responsibility in his field and is a great source of information. To learn more about blood sugar (glucose) control we have included additional links at the bottom of the page to help educate you on the subject. You are also invited to visit our Vitamin and Supplement Blog for information on this and other subjects that may interest you.


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