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Reducing Risks

Having diabetes puts you at risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes-related complications.

Talk to your diabetes educator and healthcare provider about potential health issues such as kidney damage, nerve damage and vision loss. They can explain why complications happen and how they can be avoided.

Don't rely on your healthcare team to identify areas of concern-you need to play an active role in reducing your risk. You can reduce your risks for several complications by taking these precautions:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Schedule regular medical check-ups
  • See an eye doctor at least once a year for a dilated eye exam
  • Keep your feet dry and clean
  • Lowering your cholesterol can decrease your risk for stroke, heart attack or other circulation problems.
  • Controlling your diabetes can help reduce your risk for heart disease

Diabetes, Foot Care

True or False?

You should take off your socks and shoes at each doctor visit.


True. Your health care provider should examine your feet at each visit.