The Guide is packed with helpful tips for day-to-day healthy living, including nutrition, weight management, and goal setting. Don’t know the difference between fasting and random plasma glucose? The guide can help: It contains colourful illustrations that help clarify concepts at a glance, plus a glossary of diabetes-related terms that’s written in easy-to-understand language.
Here’s what else you can expect in the Guide.
COMPLICATIONS OF THE DISEASE
There are several common complications associated with diabetes, including nerve damage, chronic kidney disease and retinopathy (an eye disease). The Guide summarizes the signs and symptoms of these complications and provides tips on prevention and self-care.
Foot problems are also common in people with diabetes and can lead to serious complications, which is why daily foot care is so important. The Guide outlines a good routine, as well as the do’s and don’ts of proper foot care for people with diabetes.
PROTECTING YOUR HEART
Did you know that people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for both heart disease and stroke? Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, taking steps to protect your heart as described in the Guide can reduce your risk for heart disease, yet another reason why self- management of diabetes is so important to living a healthy life.
A Canadian Guide to Living Well with Diabetes includes a “Protect Your Heart” checklist that you can use to assess whether or not you should be taking medications to protect your heart. It’s a handy tool that you can take to your doctor or any one of your healthcare providers, and is one of several resources in the book that help you and your healthcare team manage your care.
DIABETES AND MENTAL HEALTH
Some illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, and certain eating disorders, are more common in people with diabetes. Awareness of these conditions, and being able to recognize the symptoms, can help minimize your risk of further complications.
The Guide provides a through overview of specific disorders, their related symptoms and advice on getting help, if you need it.
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