4Inspect feet regularly:
Most people with diabetes have decreased sensation and circulation in their feet. This is owing to neuropathy or nerve damage. Those afflicted by it may not be feel pain from a cut, a sore, a blister or something similar until it becomes much worse or infected.
In some cases, the infection is so serious by the time it is noticed that amputation is required. Healing problems can be exacerbated by blocked arteries or weakened immune systems. All this can be avoided simply by regular visual inspection of your feet.
Hospitals offer tests to detect nerve damage or blood-flow issues in diabetics. Surgery may be needed to aid healing when a patient with such a condition gets an injury. At-risk individuals should apply an antibiotic and visit their doctor immediately, in case of a wound.
If ever you needed one more reason to pay more attention to oral hygiene, this is it. Brushing twice a day ought to be enough if you’re doing it right and flossing after each meals. Use a light touch, perform up-and-down motions and keep at it for at least two minutes.
Make sure there are no spots of blood when you spit. Activate your gums by massaging them very lightly for about a minute with clean fingers. Stay alert to changes in the appearance of your gums. A dull pink color with a slightly puffy look is considered healthy.
If the gums turn bright red, painful or swollen, it is indicative of inflammation. Gums peeling away from the teeth is also an issue. Such cases should be reported to a dentist at once. Make sure you are not driving the floss too hard between the teeth and causing this problem in the first place.