Individuals diagnosed with diabetes are frequently urged by their physicians to be careful not to hurt themselves. There are sound physiological reasons for this advice and patients diagnosed with this condition should remain cautious at all times. According to Dr. Sheri Colberg, author of the book Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook published by Human Kinetics in 2009, “people with diabetes face a higher risk of activity-related injury than people without diabetes.” Your physician, in all probability, has told you why you should be vigilant at all times including while you sleep. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid injuries while you enjoy life to the fullest as a perfectly normal human being.
Use Wheelchair Ramps and Elevators when Possible
Although wheelchair ramps are made primarily for the physically disabled, there are plenty of normal intelligent people who routinely use wheelchair ramps when transiting from one floor to another. They are safe and the gradient is scientifically calculated to ensure the smooth passage of wheelchairs. Most large hospitals have ramps for non-ambulatory patients, which you too can use when visiting the doctor’s office.
Exercise Caution when Cooking Diabetic Diet Recipes
There is no reason why you should not lead an active lifestyle in spite of your condition. Cook to your heart’s content and use diabetic diet recipes to please yourself and others. However, it is a good idea to ask a family member to use the knife when chopping and peeling. If help isn’t available, use an electric appliance to cut, chop, peel and dice. The risk is not worth the effort. Exercise judgment when lifting vessels and utensils in the kitchen because you can’t afford to injure your toes by dropping the vessel on yourself.
Exercise with care
Exercises that involve prolong gripping or repetitive body movements should be avoided. Gentle exercises such as some yoga exercises, walking in known areas when there is sufficient light, and relaxed swimming are certainly worth exploring. The ideal thing to do is to work out under the careful supervision of a trainer who has experience working with diabetics. Look around. They aren’t that hard to find any more.
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