Diabetes and the Flu can be a Dangerous Combination
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and we want people to stay on track with their care during the COVID-19 pandemic and start of the flu season.
When patients follow a treatment plan, they can often live longer and healthier lives. According to the American Diabetes Association, complications for untreated or improperly managed diabetes can be severe and even deadly:
- High blood pressure
- Skin issues
- Glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness
- Neuropathy, or nerve damage in feet or hands
- Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) coma or death
- Kidney disease or failure
And with flu season upon us, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu, according to the CDC.
Even during a pandemic, it’s important to maintain regular appointments with your health care team to stay on track with your treatment plan and discuss new strategies. To learn about more lifestyle tips: https://www.CDC.gov/Diabetes/Managing/Index.html.