Be active. Find a physical activity you enjoy and that gets your heart pumping, perhaps walking briskly, dancing, or yard work. Try to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week - research shows that this helps to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. Doctors use different tests to diagnose diabetes. Tests to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes include the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test and the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). A random plasma glucose test allows doctors to diagnose only diabetes. Follow a meal plan that makes sense for you and how your body responds to the different foods that you eat. Mar 29, 2010 By Gail Morris Photo Caption When you have diabetes, caring for your lower limbs is important. Photo Credit left foot image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com The Federal Citizen Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado, explains that peripheral vascular disease is a condition common in people who suffer from diabetes. Blood vessels can narrow and reduce the blood supply to the feet and legs. This combination of reduced blood flow, reduced oxygen supply and reduced pain sensation can increase the probability of infection, tissue damage and amputation. Infection Photo Caption Poor vascular supply and neuropathy can lead to infections. Photo Credit thermometer and pills image by KtD from Fotolia.com Preventing ulcer recurrence may be the most important topic in diabetic foot disease,” said Peter Cavanagh, PhD, DSc, professor and vice chair for research in the department of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. 1 About 26 million Americans, representing 8.3% of the total US population, have diabetes. 2 In 2007, the total costs of treating patients with diabetes was an estimated $14 billion. 3 At least one-third of these costs were associated with the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). 4 Patients should also check their feet for wounds because infections can occur and that can create a higher risk of amputation. Amputation is far more likely amongst diabetics than in the rest of the general public. This is due to the fact that a lot of diabetic individuals have artery disease and/or nerve disease. Artery disease reduces blood flow to the feet And nerve disease reduces sensation to the feet This combination makes it very difficult for diabetic individuals to avoid getting ulcers and/or infections. And ulcers/infections often lead to amputation. Diabetics should note that proper footwear and proper diabetic foot care can go a long way towards keeping feet healthy and avoiding conditions that could lead to amputation. Definitely consult your doctor and have regular visits," Jackson said. "Men are really bad about going to the doctor. You should go about four times a year at least. And normalize your blood sugar. Check it all the time and try to eat a balanced diet." Manicures and pedicures at Olivers Salon and Day Spa are defined as cosmetic beauty treatments, and most men and women get their nails done in order to look beautiful and feel good about themselves. However, there also are many health benefits of getting your nails done. There is more than just beauty to be gained at your local nail salon.