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Falls are the most common reason that those 45+ visit the emergency room, and diabetes increases that risk. Diabetes can cause falls in several different ways: low vision, balance issues, low blood sugar, and weakness. Luckily, falls can be prevented by strengthening yourself and creating a safer environment around you.
 
Diabetes Self-Management provides different things you can do to prevent falls due to diabetes:
 
1. Exercise: use resistance bands and weights when working out to help strengthen your legs and arms.
 
2. Do balance exercises: these types of exercises involve standing on one foot for periods of time or doing yoga or tai chi.
 
3. Keep your bones strong: different medicines, food and supplements can help keep you from falling. Calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium are all good vitamins to strengthen bones. Please visit your doctor for your individual needs.
 
4. See a doctor about neuropathy in your feet that can affect balance: better glucose control can often resolve neuropathy.
 
5. Maintain good foot care: make sure to get good supportive shoes and take care of any calluses, bunions or sores (they can affect your balance believe it or not!)
 
6. Visit an ophthalmologist annually: always check your eyes and get better glasses/contacts if needed.
 
7. Monitor your diabetes medicine: keep track of your sugar levels. Certain diabetes medicine can make your sugar level low chich can lead to you becoming weak and cause a fall. Please consult your doctor for your individual needs.
 
8. Be aware of other substances that can contribute to falls: sleeping pills, pain medicine and alcohol can also contribute to falling so be careful when taking them.
 
9. Consider a walker or cane: these both help with your balance and in turn keep you safe while walking around.
 
10. Clean up the clutter: keeping a clean house prevents trips.
 
11. Remove tripping hazards: such as carpets, throw rugs and different electrical wires.
 
12. Install handrails and grab bars: it can be easy to lose balance and by installing handrails and grab bars will give you support to lean on when you feel weak. A good place ot have these are the bathroom.
 
13. Put non-slip strips on tubs and floors: the shower can become very slippery, especially those with not so good balance. Non-slip strips give your feet something to grab a hold of which reduces the risk of falling.
 
14. Keep your feet clear of clothes: tripping over pants or a robe that are too long is dangerous. Be mindful of where you're walking and the length of your clothing.
 
15. Better lighting: the more light you have in a room, the more you will be able to see.
 
16. Wear shoes as much as possible: shoes prevent slipping and tripping.
 
17. Look out for your pets: keep an eye out for your pet as you walk, you do not want to trip and fall over them.
 
 
Sources:
“18 Steps for Preventing Falls with Diabetes." Diabetes Self-Management. https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/18-steps-preventing-falls-with-diabetes/

 

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