One diabetes complication to prevent is stroke. This occurs when the blood supply to the brain is reduced or interrupted. The brain tissue is then left in need of nutrients and oxygen. When this happens, the brain cells start to die within a few minutes or hours.
The interruption of the blood supply to the brain could be of two varieties. The first can be due from a blocked artery or clogged. This is called ischemic stroke. The other is from a ruptured artery which is called hemorrhagic stroke. The ischemic one is the more common, but it is a diabetes complication one can prevent.
Way before the symptoms appear, work on preventing this diabetes complication by keeping the blood glucose close to normal. When they do appear, it is best to know the most commonly signs or symptoms of stroke so one can act accordingly and they are as follows:
When feeling of a stroke is imminent, call 911 for immediate help and if the area where one lives is not covered by this emergency number, call other emergency numbers. It is imperative this is done right away for immediate treatment will improve the blood flow.
Treatment may consist of injecting a drug that will break down the clot like the TPA (acronym for tissue plasminogen) and the use of warfarin (Coumadin) or heparin as blood thinners. This will stop the bleeding from the artery or rupture. There may be a need for surgery for this condition.
The aforementioned are just for the purpose of immediate treatment. There is long term treatment on the horizon in the form of recovery of whatever is lost during the stroke. Loss of speech comes to mind. Of course, part of the long term treatment is the goal of preventing this in the future.
Speaking about prevention, can this be stopped? There are a number of things one can do to prevent this diabetes complication. This is what the health care team recommends. They are easy enough to follow but require will power, an open mind and the determination to overcome this.
The symptoms or signs, along with the treatment and most importantly, the ways to prevent this diabetes complication from happening are all here. All one has to do is to follow the recommendations and get regular medical check-up and one should be able to avoid this. Check the list regularly to see if you are in compliance.
There you are, these are the tools that can work especially in preventing this condition. True, sometimes there is no warning. Sometimes the signs are here today and gone tomorrow but, remember there are things one can do to prevent this diabetes complication.
By Roger Guzman, M.D.