Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

People who have diabetes are more likely to have problems with poor blood flow (circulation) or loss of feeling (sensation) in their feet. Poor circulation to the foot may lead to sores that are slower to heal. Loss of feeling or sensation is caused by damage to the nerves in the lower legs and feet.

Diabetic socks provide extra protection to help people with diabetes for their feet and avoid injury. Complications from diabetes can result in reduced blood flow to the feet as well as an increased risk of infections and other issues, and these socks are an easy way to help protect your feet. Continue Reading Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

Thermal Diabetic Socks: How Can They Help You Sleep?

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Diabetic woman sleeping soundly thanks to thermal diabetic socks

Having trouble drifting off when your head hits the pillow? The problem might be with your feet.

When our lower extremities get cold, our blood circulation drops. When we warm our feet, we send a signal to our brain that it’s time for sleep.

One of the easiest ways to keep our feet warm, of course, is by sleeping while wearing socks, such as our thermal diabetic socks.

It’s the easiest and safest way to keep warm, as methods such as hot water bottles, heating pads or electric blankets can lead you to become overheated or cause burns.

This is especially important for people with diabetes, as you might have less sensitivity in your feet and not notice when you’ve sustained a burn.

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Do Diabetic Socks Help with Neuropathy?

People with diabetes are often at greater risk of sustaining foot injuries or getting an infection due to potential nerve damage caused by high blood sugar.

This nerve damage – known as diabetic neuropathy – decreases sensation, leading to a greater threat of injury, injuries that you might not even know are there. This is why footwear choices and the right pair of diabetic socks are so important to people with diabetes.

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Diabetic Socks vs. Compression Socks: What’s the Difference?

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When you live with diabetes, proper foot care is essential.

Ignore injuries, skip your podiatry appointments, and you can end up dealing with serious health issues.

It can even be something as simple as your choice of footwear. In this blog post we’ll look at how diabetic socks and compression socks are different from regular socks and how they can help keep your feet healthy.

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Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol?

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Can people with diabetes drink alcohol?

Yes, but only with an abundance of caution. As little as just two drinks in one day can affect blood sugar levels, while alcohol can aggravate diabetes symptoms and contribute to conditions that lead to diabetes, such as weight gain and pancreatitis.

Heavy drinking can also make your body less sensitive to insulin, which leads to Type 2 diabetes. Read on to learn more about how alcohol impacts diabetic health.

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Diabetes and Cold Weather

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As we write this, we’re watching summer tick slowly away. Pretty soon we’ll be welcoming crisp fall air, digging sweaters out of our closets and preparing for the winter holidays.

And while this can be an enjoyable time of year, fall and winter can often be challenging for people with diabetes, as the cold weather months often bring with them higher blood sugar levels.

That’s why we put together this brief guide to diabetes and cold weather, with the aim of helping readers with diabetes live well while the temperatures drop.

Here are six things you can do in the next few months to remain healthy.

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What Can Diabetics Eat for Snacks?

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Living with diabetes means making a lot of changes. You need to monitor your blood sugar, get special diabetic socks, and change your diet.

That includes snacking. When most people think of snacks, they picture the little package of M&Ms waiting for them in their desk, or the bag of chips calling to them from the pantry.

But when you have diabetes, snacking becomes trickier. You need to choose things that will help you control your blood sugar levels.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of bland, boring food. Here are a few snacks for diabetics that are as healthy as they are enjoyable.

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7 Things to Do After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

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Getting diagnosed with diabetes can be a shattering experience, but it’s not something you have to handle alone.

Other people have been where you are now, and they’ve gotten through it. It’s just a matter of finding the right resources. If you’re wondering how to live with diabetes, it starts by following these steps.

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Why Foot Health & Body Weight are Important to Diabetics

diabetic footwearIt seems to be fairly common knowledge that living life as an especially overweight or obese person is a situation that can lead to diabetes.

According to medical professionals, in fact, more that 25 percent of all obese people have diabetes, whether they know it or not.

Much lesser known, however, is the fact that foot complications are extremely prevalent in individuals with diabetes. If you happen to be diabetic yourself, practicing proper foot health is extremely important.

If you’re an obese person who hasn’t been diagnosed as diabetic, there are a number of actions you can take right now to keep your feet healthy and in good shape. Caring for your feet regularly may even help you discover the beginning of a potential problem before it gets worse.

Regularly Checking and Caring for Your Feet

If you’ve ever wondered why people who suffer from diabetes are also at high risk for various foot issues and complications, there’s actually a fairly simple explanation. Diabetes, especially when it’s not being properly treated, can lead to serious cases of nerve damage in the extremities, especially the legs and feet.

Because the nerve damage condition suffered by diabetics leads to losses in pain sensation, many people with this issue don’t notice dangerous issues until it’s too late. If they can’t feel the pain of a wound, in other words, they may not know it’s there.

Unfortunately, nerve damage also causes poor circulation, which doesn’t allow the body to self-heal as quickly as it otherwise would. Nerve damage also makes infection much more likely, because it leads to the body having a harder time fighting bacteria.

All of which is to say that diabetics, or anyone who thinks they may be at risk of developing the disease, should take especially good care of their feet on a daily basis. Wearing diabetic footwear, especially diabetic socks, AFO liner socks and compression socks developed specially for people who suffer from these issues is probably the best place to start when it comes to proper foot care.

The Importance of Dry Feet

You should also check your feet daily, preferably with a mirror, for cracks, sores, areas of discoloration, or cuts or bruises you haven’t noticed. Again, any nerve damage you may be suffering from could keep you from feeling pain if you’ve somehow damaged your feet.

That’s why diabetics are also advised to stay out of hot tubs and steer clear of extremely hot baths or showers—it may not be possible to tell if the skin on your feet or legs is being scalded.

You’ll also want to do your best to regularly keep your feet dry. That’s because bacteria are naturally attracted to dark, wet places on the body, and feet that are wet—from either sweat or water—make for ideal candidates where bacteria is concerned. An overabundance of bacteria on the feet can lead to infections, which can be dangerous for diabetics.

To keep your feet dry, always towel off thoroughly after showering, especially between the toes. If your feet are naturally sweaty, try using baby powder. And while it’s generally fine to use moisturizer on your feet if they’re often dry and cracked, take care not to moisturize the area between your toes. If your socks or shoes become wet, either from sweat or water, do your best to remove them as soon as possible.

Why Maintaining Your Body Weight Can Reduce Your Chance of Developing Diabetes

If you’re interested, there is a scientific reason obese people are so prone to developing diabetes. This may be a bit of an over-simplification, but essentially, the individual cells that make up your body will be forced to work much harder than they’re normally expected to if you’re overweight. The heavier you are, the more stress you’re placing on each of those cells.

Your cells have a response to this stress: They cause your body’s insulin receptors to malfunction. Once that happens, unnaturally high levels of sugar glucose will begin circulating throughout your body. That’s definitely not a good thing. It’s also why more than 80 percent of people who suffer from diabetes are also overweight.

If you’re overweight and feel you may be at risk of developing diabetes, you will, of course, want to exercise more (after first consulting your physician) while significantly lowering your consumption of junk food and other processed foods. In particular, you’ll want to keep your sugar intake as low as possible. Lowering your carbohydrate intake is also a good idea, because both sugar and carbs cause high levels of insulin to be released.

The Highest Quality Diabetic Socks on the Market

No matter what you plan to do to battle your diabetes—or to lower your chances of developing it in the first place—owning a few pairs of the highest quality diabetic footwear on the market is a very wise place to begin.

Take a look at the wide range of diabetic footwear sold by Creative Care, and take a look at the company’s “Frequently Asked Questions” page and “Resources” page while you’re there. With Creative Care’s diabetic footwear, you’re only steps away from a diabetic’s best defense against foot issues.

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