How can I stay healthy with diabetes?
- Foot care. Check your feet daily for redness and for sores or cuts that don’t heal. Wash-but don’t soak-your feet with a mild soap, rinse with water and dry well. Ask someone to check your feet for you if you have trouble seeing or reaching them. Also, foot injuries often happen in the home, so don’t walk around barefoot. Look for socks that fit well, without constricting cuffs, lumps or uncomfortable seams. (15) If you have diabetic foot nerve pain, capsaicin pain relief cream can be rubbed into the skin on your feet. (16)
- Wound care. If you have a wound, see your healthcare provider right away. Inspect and clean your wound gently once or twice a day, then apply an antibiotic ointment. (17)
- Oral care. Brush and floss your teeth every day to avoid tooth decay and prevent gum disease. (18)
- Skin care. Your skin can become dry and cracked, which can lead to infection. Look for mild lotions that add moisture, gently exfoliate, increase circulation and promote healing without heavy perfumes or alcohol. (15)