Diabetic Eye Disease: Stay on TRACK
Diabetes is a serious health condition that can affect every organ in the body, and the eyes are no exception. Poorly managed diabetes mellitus can result in a disease known as diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to severe visual difficulties and even blindness. If you are diabetic, make sure that you protect your visual health for the long-term by staying on TRACK:
- “T” is for TAKE your medications:
Taking any diabetes and blood pressure medications that your doctor has prescribed will help keep your blood sugars at healthier levels and keep you feeling, and seeing, great.
- “R” is for REACH and maintain a healthy weight:
Maintaining a healthy weight will decrease the severity of your type-II diabetes and may even eliminate the condition altogether. To lose weight, focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet low in fat, sodium, and calories and rich in vegetables, fruits, fiber, and lean protein.
- “A” is for ADD physical activity to your daily routine:
Physical activity will not only help you to achieve your ideal weight, but will also improve your mood, sleep, and cardiovascular fitness. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes each day for most, if not all, days of the week.
- “C” is for CONTROL your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol:
Controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels will reduce your risk of eye diseases, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic health conditions. Speak with your doctor about managing these factors.
- “K” is for KICK the smoking habit:
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you smoke, quit. It is never too late to quit—ask your doctor for help if you need extra advice and support.
Men and women suffering from diabetic eye disease do not experience any symptoms until damage has been done to their vision. If you are interested in learning more about protecting your visual and overall health, contact the healthcare professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 today.