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Save Your Senses

11-17-2015

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.

Vision

  • 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 more often.
  • 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!

Hearing

  • 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.

Smell

  • 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.
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