According to the American Diabetes Association, our senses can be affected
by diabetes. Since November is American Diabetes Month, we’re offering
some tips on how to protect three of our senses from damage, whether or
not you have diabetes.
- If you work at a computer, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look
at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to help your eyes relax and blink
- Increase consumption of dark, leafy greens and brightly colored fruits
and veggies, which are rich in antioxidants, to combat cataracts, macular
degeneration and dry eye.
- Aerobic exercise can improve vascular function, allowing healthy blood
flow to the eyes.
- Smoking increases risks for cataracts and macular degeneration, so quit now!
- Avoid excess noise by turning down the volume on your electronics, wear
foam earplugs at concerts or while using loud equipment, and check the
levels of your noise exposure with a free smartphone app.
- When you bicycle, wear a helmet – head injuries are a leading cause
of hearing decline.
- Avoid strong odors, including smoke, whether it’s from your own smoking,
someone else’s or on clothing or furniture, as well as harsh cleaning
products, solvents or pesticides.
- Preserve your sense of smell by using it – sniff different lotions,
soaps, essential oils – to stimulate your olfactory response.