Diabetes is a very serious condition. There are two types of diabetes. The first is type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. This type of diabetes begins at birth. It is a condition that if you were born with it, you would suffer from it for the rest of your life. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. The other type is type 2 diabetes. This type develops later in life. Some people develop this disease because they are overweight or obese. Other risk factors for the disease are genetics, ethnicity, and lifestyle.
Possible Complications of Diabetes
If you have either type of diabetes, and you don’t take care of yourself or take the necessary preventive measures, you can suffer from serious complications. Some of these complication can be deadly. Some of these complications include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
- Skin conditions
- Foot damage
- Eye damage
- Hearing impairment
- Alzheimer’s disease
If you suffer from diabetes, there are a variety of things that you should do to be sure that you stay healthy and you don’t let the disease take over. Some of these measures include:
- Checking your insulin levels daily
- Eating a proper diet
- Avoiding sugar and sweets
- Taking insulin when necessary
- Taking any other medication that your doctor prescribes
- Seeing the doctor regularly
- Seeing the eye doctor regularly
- Taking care of wounds and seeing a doctor when they don’t heal
- Getting the necessary vaccinations
Benefits of the Flu Vaccine for Diabetics
As mentioned above, one preventive measure that diabetics should take is to be vaccinated. One of the most important vaccines is the flu vaccine. There are a few types of flu vaccines available. The traditional flu vaccine and the high dose use a needle injection. There is also the Flu-Mist, which is inhaled through the nose. Most doctors avoid giving this type vaccine to their patients because it may not be safe for diabetics. There are a few ways that diabetics can benefit from getting their flu shot every year. One of the main benefits is that it can prevent cardiovascular problems. Since cardiovascular problems are one of the most common complications of diabetes, patients should do everything that they can to keep from developing heart problems.
- Diabetics who get the flu shot every year have a 30 percent less chance of having a stroke
- Diabetics who have had the flu shot have a 22 percent less chance of suffering from heart failure
- People who suffer from diabetes have a 24 percent less risk of dying from a heart condition
- The flu vaccine has been shown to slightly lower the risk of diabetics having a heart attack.
People who have diabetes, even if they manage it well, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Some of these complications can land the person in the hospital. Other complications can result in death. Some of the complications include:
- Sinus infections
- Ear infections
- Pneumonia (A pneumonia vaccine is also an important part of the diabetes management plan)
Some diabetics avoid getting the flu shot in fear that they will get the virus from the vaccine. This is not possible. There is no live virus in the traditional or high-dose flu shot. The vaccine can cause side effects, such as a low-grade fever, muscle aches, and a runny nose. It is important to understand that the complications of the flu are much worse than the mild side effects. Taking regular precautions against the flu, such as frequent hand washing is important for diabetics. The flu vaccine is also a very important part of diabetes management.