Myth #4 I Just Got Diagnosed So I Don’t Have Complications Yet
You will be surprised to know that a quarter of the people just diagnosed have complications already. In fact that is how some of them got diagnosed. They went to see their doctor to find out why they are feeling the symptoms of a complication. Some of them had nerve damage, early signs of kidney problem, changes to the eyes and heart disease. But don’t worry, we will get to the bottom of this and see how you may be able to reverse those signs.
I Just Got Diagnosed So I Don’t Have Complications Yet.
Just because you have just been diagnosed with diabetes you would not have complications yet is not true. Nowadays millions of people are pre-diabetic and they don’t even know it. They have not been diagnosed yet. Some of them find out they have diabetes after a complication rears its ugly head. They feel problems in their feet and their eyes with blurry vision and so they will go to their doctor who will then give them a test and find the truth.
It is different with type 1 diabetes. Usually they don’t have complications yet because this condition comes abruptly on short notice. This is unlike the type 2 diabetes described in the preceding paragraph with the condition having been present for years before the diagnosis is made.
Here’s What To Do To Determine the Presence of Complications.Get your doctor to give you test on some or all of the following. It is crucial that we find the early complications so we can start on trying to reverse them or stop them from doing their ugly work. Doing the following tests will give us the necessary information which will then help us and our health care team to formulate the plan of action to defeat the offending complication:
1. Electrocardiogram will check how healthy the heart is.
2. Blood Pressure reading will rule out high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and vision problem.
3. Microalbumin test will check for protein in the urine. Presence of thus can result in getting kidney disease.
4. Cholesterol and triglyceride test where if the result is high can be the forerunner of a cardiovascular disease.
5. Foot exam will reveal poor circulation thus the presence of nerve damage.
6. Dilated eye exam will detect problem with the vision that can lead to diabetic retinopathy
7. Blood tests to find the possible celiac disease which is linked to type 1 diabetes
8. THS test to check the possible presence of hyper and hypothyroidism which are linked to type 1 diabetes.
9. Ankle-brachial index to check for peripheral vascular disease.
Once you know the results of the test, then you will be able to work with your diabetes care team to make plans on how to stop the complications on their track. Especially in the beginning stages, the chance is good the complications are easier to manage. We then have time to monitor the situation and correct them so we can prevent these complications from progressing which is the next topic in this report.
How to Stop the Complications from Progressing.
Here are the things to monitor to keep the complications from growing. Not only that, once the following are monitored closely, you can also have the added benefit of not getting any new complications. There are quite a few people who have been successful at doing these and they are proof that keeping the complications at bay can be done.
1. Blood sugar which if tight control is kept will ensure you will scare the complications away. They hate it when you religiously test your blood sugar and make adjustments upon knowing the reason behind the reading. The American Diabetes Association recommends getting an A1C test and to keep the A1C below 7 but The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist recommends to keep the A1C below 6.5 as this reduces the risk to develop complications by around 40%.
2. Cholesterol should have the goal for LDL of less than 100 mg/dl but if at risk for heart disease aim for lower than 70 mg/dl. As for HDL, aim for greater than 45 mg/dl. Diet and exercise can help or consult your doctor for the proper medications and supplements to relieve the symptoms.
3. Blood pressure should be lower than 130/80 mmHg as this in turn lowers the risk of developing stroke and heart disease by up to 50%. There are medications to help with this but for me I try to lower my blood pressure naturally as shown in this video:
How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally from Dr. Axe
4. Eyes when complications show vision loss, it can be treated with laser therapy which can lower the development of severe vision loss by around 60%. It cannot reverse the damage but it can stop further loss of vision.
5. Feet have been shown to lower the risk for amputation by as much as around 85% if one follows a comprehensive foot care program.
6. Kidney damage when found early can be treated to lower the decline by as much as 70%.
So there you have what to do to prevent possible complications from blossoming. Just keep testing your blood sugar and make adjustment when needed. Count the carbohydrate consumption even if your blood sugar is normal. Don’t stop taking your medications without consulting with your doctor and for heaven’s sake, please exercise for at least thirty minutes a day five days a week and visit your doctor every three months to go over your blood sugar and check you overall for possible complications.
By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman
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