Your Feet Are Two Good Reasons to Take Your Diabetes Seriously
Managing diabetes can be complex, but it shouldn’t mean missing out on the good things in life, like feeling the scrunchy sand under your feet, dipping your feet surf, long hikes in the park with your family. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your feet1.
High blood glucose can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) especially in the limbs (example both legs and feet). In addition, poor circulation caused by diabetes may lead to more serious problems like diabetic foot ulcer and infections and even deformity of the feet1. Thus, it is essential to manage your blood sugar levels appropriately.
LOOK AFTER YOUR FEET
Your feet support you everyday. Look after your feet now to help prevent complications later.
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4. SG healthhub, Diabetic Foot https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/243/diabetic_foot_ttsh (last accessed in Jan 2021)
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