There is no need to be. If you are aware of the risks, you can take preventive action before these conditions have a chance to develop. If you have regular check-ups, minor changes can be identified at a time when something can be done about them. This is one reason why it is important to keep your] appointments even if you feel well and your blood glucose levels are all right. Most people with diabetes are untroubled by complications, and even if you develop them, a great deal can be done to treat them.
• Have regular health check-ups.
• Tell your doctor at once if you have any trouble with your vision; notice any change in sensation in your limbs; have pain or burning on passing urine or need to urinate very often; have soreness or irritation between the legs; pain in your calves when you walk; pain in your chest; or any problems with your feet.
• Do not smoke.
• Watch your weight.
• Eat a high fibre diet, without added salt, with reduced fat content, low in saturated and high in polyunsaturated fats.
• Keep your blood glucose levels normal.
• Take any pills prescribed by your doctor.
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