Today's Tip: I have a foot ulcer. What should I do?

See your doctor immediately. Treatment may include oral or intravenous antibiotics to control the infection, as well as dressings and salves with lubricating, protective, antibiotic, or cleansing properties.

Learn more about foot care here.

Yesterday's Tip: What kind of exercise will help you lose the most weight?

If you’re trying to lose weight, an exercise program that includes aerobic activity as well as some type of calisthenics or weight lifting will probably help you the most.

Learn more about weight loss here.

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January 21, 2017: What is the one of the most important steps you can take for your eyes?

If you have diabetes, quitting smoking is arguably the single best thing you can do for your eyes (as well as your heart, lungs, kidneys, dental health, etc.).

Learn more about eye health here.

January 20, 2017: What is one way to decrease my risk of diabetes-related vision loss?

Keeping your blood pressure at or below 115/75 mm Hg will greatly reduce the risk of losing vision to diabetes.

Learn more about avoiding vision loss here.

January 19, 2017: What should I be sure to do before I go home from the hospital?

Before you leave the hospital, make sure you have in writing what your medicines and doses should be when you arrive home. If some of the medicines you were taking before hospitalization are not on the list of medicines to take after, ask why. Also, ask your usual pharmacist to check your new combination of medicines for potential drug interactions or anything that you may be allergic to.

Learn more about what to expect during a hospital stay here.

January 18, 2017: How often should I have an HbA1c test?

People meeting their diabetes treatment goals should have an HbA1c test at least twice a year, and those whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting their goals should be tested four times a year.

Learn more about HbA1c here.

January 17, 2017: What should you do if you think you’ve developed low blood glucose?

If you think your blood glucose level is low, address the problem promptly. Stop what you’re doing, check your blood glucose level with your meter, and have a snack if necessary, even if you have to stop your car or interrupt a conversation to do it. If you don’t have your meter with you or can’t use it for any reason, go ahead and treat your symptoms of hypoglycemia without checking your blood glucose level first.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

January 16, 2017: How should I handle an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)?

To treat hypoglycemia, chew and swallow four glucose tablets (containing about 4 grams of carbohydrate each) or drink about 5 ounces of orange juice or a regular (not diet) soft drink.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

January 15, 2017: Should I purchase exercise videos to help me stick to my exercise routine?

Videos can be helpful for teaching you new routines and keeping you motivated. However, rather than buying exercise videos at retail price, it is far more cost-effective to borrow them from your public library, buy them for pennies at a garage sale, record them from your TV, or view free videos online.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 14, 2017: I’m thinking of starting an exercise program. Should I purchase equipment to enhance the routines I’m planning on?

If you’re thinking of buying exercise equipment, only buy something if you’re sure you’ll use it regularly.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.