Maintaining Eye Health for Diabetes Patients

August 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

diabetes-eye-careDiabetes can affect your whole body — including your eyes — in many ways. The good news is that if you know how to take proper care of your eyesight as a diabetes patient you can maintain a higher quality of life.

Types of Eyes Problems in Diabetes Patients

Regular eye exams helps ensure that any problems with your vision are just a mild annoyance, rather than a threat to your eyesight. Some problems that can occur in patients with diabetes include retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. With regular exams, more dangerous issues can be discovered quickly and resolved more easily.

Ways to Maintain Your Eye Health

  1. Maintain a healthy weight. One of the best ways to determine if you’re in a healthy weight range is to calculate your BMI. Use our calculator on the home page of mydietiq.com. Eat foods that increase your chances of having healthy vision including green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, salmon, tuna and other non-meat proteins, such as eggs and beans.
  2. Participate in some form of a healthy exercise at least three or four times each week for about 150 minutes total per week. This can mean playing in the park with your kids, walking your dog or shooting hoops at the neighborhood park. It can also include joining a gym or participating in an instructional exercise class or even martial arts.
  3. Kick your smoking habit. The Center for Disease Control states that smoking puts diabetes patients at a higher risk of retinopathy, an eye disease that can cause blindness. If anyone in your home smokes, ask them if they will consider stopping so that you, as a diabetes patient, won’t be exposed to the chemicals in second-hand smoke and the residue left on their clothes.
  4. Be consistent about checking your blood sugar levels. Follow the advice of your physician about how often to do this. Report problematic levels right away so he or she can help you make adjustments to your medications or discuss other reasons why you’re having difficulty keeping your blood sugar levels in control.
  5. Know what blood pressure reading is healthy for you and check it regularly. Report issues to your doctor so he or she can advise you on keeping it under control. Patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes have an increased chance of getting retinopathy and other serious vision problems.

Having keen eyesight is vital to being able to enjoy all the aspects of this glorious world. Following the above tips will help keep your vision sharp, and the healthy lifestyle will help your body in control in so many ways.

 

References:

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/eye-complications/

http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/hypertension

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