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Yesterday's Tip: What measures should I take at the end of a hospital stay?

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.

May 25, 2020: 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.

May 24, 2020: What nutrients should I eat for healthy bones?

Adequate levels of many nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K, are necessary to build healthy bones. The most important of these are calcium and vitamin D.

Learn more about bone health here.

May 23, 2020: 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.

May 22, 2020: Is there anything I should bring along when heading out to exercise?

Even if you’re just going for a walk or a bike ride, pop a small bottle of water, a snack, some money and your basic diabetes supplies into a fanny pack.

Learn more about exercise here.

May 21, 2020: 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.

May 20, 2020: 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.

May 19, 2020: How much exercise should I aim to do each day?

Once you get the OK to exercise from your doctor, try 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, if not all, days of the week — even if you are not overweight.

Learn more about exercise here.

May 18, 2020: What is an important step I can take to avoid getting athlete’s foot?

To help prevent athlete’s foot, it is always a good idea to wear slippers or shoes of some sort in public areas such as locker rooms or showers.

Learn more about foot care here.

May 17, 2020: How can I lower my risk of developing osteoporosis (decreased bone mass)?

Engage in regular, weight-bearing physical activity, and consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D.

Learn more about osteoporosis here.

May 16, 2020: 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.

May 15, 2020: How can you make sure your diabetes will be taken into account if you are incapacitated?

It is a good idea for anyone with diabetes to wear a medical identification bracelet indicating that he has diabetes, just in case he is ever unable to speak for himself.

Learn more about medical alert jewelry here.

May 14, 2020: What’s better: a newer, more expensive drug or a cheaper, older one?

Older, proven medicines are often — though not always — both cheaper and safer to use than brand-new ones. Ask your doctor what different options are available to treat your condition.

Learn more about diabetes drugs here.

May 13, 2020: What kinds of calcium supplements should I avoid?

Avoid “natural” calcium supplements that contain calcium from coral, oyster shells, dolomite or bone meal, because these sources are more likely to be contaminated with lead and other dangerous substances.

Learn more about supplements here.

May 12, 2020: What kind of calcium supplement should I take?

If you need a calcium supplement to meet your calcium requirements, choose one that contains calcium citrate, calcium lactate or calcium carbonate.

Learn more about supplements here.

May 11, 2020: How can you make sure the supplement you choose is of high quality?

Choose supplements that have the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) seal, showing they meet government guidelines for production and dissolution.

Learn more about supplements here.

May 10, 2020: What important step should you take before starting any supplement?

Talk to your doctor before starting any dietary or herbal supplements. He should be able advise you about whether the supplement is safe and effective, and whether it may interact with any other drugs you take.

Learn more about supplements here.

May 9, 2020: When seeing a new doctor, what should I tell him about my medications?

At your first appointment, tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are taking. Bring a list of all of your medicines to your appointment, or bring the drugs themselves (in their original containers).

Learn more about diabetes medicines here.

May 8, 2020: What simple steps can help you prevent drug interactions and errors?

Filling all of your prescriptions at one pharmacy, if possible, can help your pharmacist catch any potential interactions between drugs you take. And when you refill your prescriptions, note whether your pills (or insulin) look different from those you normally take. If they do, check it out with your pharmacist.

Learn about dangerous drug combinations here.

 

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