Best Ways to Manage Diabetes

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Every day, people gather at the Contemporary Arts Museum to look at the free Endless Art on the Lawn exhibit. If you are diabetic, even an activity like strolling around on the grass for an hour or two can present problems for your feet. However, there are ways to manage diabetes so that you can continue living your life and doing the fun activities you enjoy.

First of all you should know as much about diabetes as you possibly can. Take the disease seriously and make sure to manage your blood sugar levels. You can follow your ABC’s (A1C blood test, Blood pressure, Cholesterol) to reduce your risk of related complications such as stroke or heart attack. The more knowledge you have about your disease, the better your chances are of staying healthy.

Another part of staying in good physical shape is living a healthy lifestyle. Read and take heed to books such as Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D. In publications such as this you can find much information as to how to eat healthy foods (lots of vegetables and protein, stop all sugars and carbohydrates) and getting more physical activity (for instance, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce and yes often reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Even so, your feet often suffer more because of your condition. Peripheral neuropathy is commonly seen in diabetic patients, and it often causes loss of feeling. This means you should check your feet daily to make sure you don’t have any wounds or injuries that could become infected.

If you have this disease, you should be under the regular care of a podiatrist for semi-annual checkups. Call Dr. Robert Parker at 281-497-2850 to schedule an appointment. Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX is proud to be a part of the team that helps you manage your diabetes so you can stay happy, healthy, and worry-free.

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