If you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, then you must learn how to care for your body properly to avoid any complications from this serious health problem. Diabetes mellitus can affect several parts of the body, but with the proper management and professional health care, you can avoid having several complications. Here are the health care professionals who you must visit right away when you have a diabetes mellitus diagnosis.

Nutritionist

Changing your diet is imperative when you are diabetic, and a nutritionist can help you understand how to have the proper meal plans. It is vital to control your consumption of carbohydrate, especially sugar. You will learn more about the foods that you can and can’t eat, but you will also learn more about portion control. A nutritionist can also provide information about preparing foods in a healthier way.

Cactus juice has been in Mexico as a homeopathic antiglycemic effect in reducing blood sugar. You will need a tender cactus leaf. Remember, to be careful when handling cactus leaves. Make sure that you use a sharp knife to shave any remaining thorns then add to a blender. Add a lemon, one teaspoon of ground flax seed, and a cup of water. Sweeten with stevia to taste. You can try variations by adding fresh pineapple, aloe vera, cucumber, and ginger.

Ophthalmologist

The health of your eyes is important, and diabetics frequently have vision problems like cataracts. An ophthalmologist has specialized training in eye care that is more extensive than a traditional optometrist’s eye care. The ophthalmologist can examine the backs of your eyeballs to find the problems that commonly occur in diabetics. With ophthalmology care, you can preserve your visual acuity. Blurred vision, flashes of light, and black spots in your vision are common with diabetes.

Cardiologist

High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, arteries and heart, leading to serious cardiovascular issues. A knowledgeable cardiologist can perform tests on your heart to determine if you have any narrowing of the arteries or blood vessels along with determining if you have any circulation problems that can affect your heart rate.

Podiatrist

Many diabetics have issues with the legs, ankles, feet and toes, so you should visit a podiatrist to determine if you have any circulation problems that can lead to infections. A podiatrist can offer suggestions about caring for the feet and toes by wearing the correct types of shoes and socks to prevent blisters. If you have a foot injury, then fast care from a podiatrist is necessary to prevent a dangerous complication that can lead to an amputation.

Professional Skin Care

You can schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to understand how to care for your sensitive diabetic skin. This is especially important when you get scaly skin patches on the fronts of your legs. These skin patches often have a brown or reddish discoloration and are caused by the changes in the blood vessels of your legs.


Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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