Solutions for the small inconveniences caused by diabetes

Individuals living with diabetes know how important it is to control their blood glucose to avoid hypoglycemia, and especially, hyperglycemia. However, over and above this crucial issue, diabetes comes with other small problems that can impact daily activities.

The effects of diabetes on the human body are numerous and complex. High blood glucose (level of sugar in the blood), which is called “hyperglycemia”, has harmful effects on a number of organs and parts of the body, such as the heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and nerves. This manifests itself in various ways, depending what part of the body is affected. Therefore, individuals affected by diabetes must deal with all sorts of small physical reminders related to their disease on a daily basis. In this regard, gingivitis, dry skin and weak bladder are problems that are often associated with diabetes.

Fortunately, there are simple solutions for a large number of these disorders. As a health and medication specialist, your pharmacist can give you information on ways to deal with the daily issues of diabetes. These tips will not always involve taking medications! Here are a few measures that can be implemented if you are living with diabetes and…

… you suffer from gingivitis:

  • Be sure to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and use dental floss every day.
  • Use toothpaste and a fluoridated mouthwash that is approved by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to prevent cavities and gingivitis.
  • Check your gums regularly and report any problems to your dentist.
  • See your dentist regularly.
  • Quit smoking. Among other things, smoking contributes to the development of numerous oral health problems.

… you have dry skin:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Choose your skin cleanser carefully to avoid dryness and irritation.
  • Avoid exposing your skin to irritating triggers or those that dry out the skin, such as chemical products, wind, cold, excessive heat in your home, etc.
  • Use an unscented moisturizer that offers maximum hydration and that does not contain unwanted substances. Use it every day. Ask your pharmacist to suggest a product for you that specifically suits your skin type.

… you suffer from weak bladder:

  • Avoid coffee, tea, tomatoes, acidic fruit juices and soft drinks since they can contribute to bladder weakness.
  • Drink a lot of water during the day, but small quantities at a time.
  • Practice Kegel exercises, which can help you better control your bladder.
  • Get products that offer effective protection and that are convenient, comfortable and discrete.
  • Don’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist or doctor about bladder weakness, because there are solutions.

When you receive a diagnosis for diabetes, it is normal to want to limit its impact on your life. Your pharmacist is always there to help you take control of your diabetes and all of the problems, big or small, that come with it.

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Solutions for the small inconveniences caused by diabetes

Individuals living with diabetes know how important it is to control their blood glucose to avoid hypoglycemia, and especially, hyperglycemia. However, over and above this crucial issue, diabetes comes with other small problems that can impact daily activities.
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