Medical conditions that impair circulation—including diabetes—are the most common cause of nonhealing leg and foot sores. Here's what you need to know about their causes and treatment.
A 2017 review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined the evidence behind guidelines for exercise, nutrition, and weight management, and other areas, to create a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes.
Findings suggest that, along with lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and possibly age-related macular degeneration, the Mediterranean diet may also protect against diabetic retinopathy, a sight-threatening complication of diabetes.
When diet and exercise don't work, people who are obese sometimes turn to a more radical approach: weight-loss surgery. As the procedure became more widely used, doctors discovered an added benefit. Patients with type 2 diabetes had their diabetes improve or go into remission (when blood sugar returns to normal without the help of medications) after the procedure.
Only three out of five people with diabetes are taking statin drugs, though national guidelines recommend that they should take the medication, regardless of their blood cholesterol levels, unless contraindicated.
Comedians may trip and stumble for easy laughs, but there's nothing funny about falling, which is a major health risk for older adults. Having diabetes increases that risk because the condition can cause physical impairments that may make you less steady on your feet.
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy if you have diabetes. Yet most people with the disease and those at high risk of the disease aren’t getting enough—even though research shows that a combination of regular exercise and modest weight loss can help prevent or control the disease.