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?
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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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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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.
Continue Reading 7 Things to Do After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes
If you’re someone living with diabetes, you probably spend more time than most people think about proper foot care.
That’s because the blood vessel and nerve damage that come from this illness can lead to serious health concerns if left unchecked.
The key phrase here is “if left unchecked.” You can avoid injuries and keep your feet healthy and happy by adhering to these “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of diabetic foot care.
Continue Reading The Essentials of Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes can be a difficult illness to manage by yourself. If one of your loved ones has recently been diagnosed with this condition, it’s understandable that they might feel upset, scared or confused.
But there are ways you can help them cope with their diagnosis, and help them understand their new lifestyle. In this blog post, we’ll look at some ways of supporting individuals diagnosed with diabetes.
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Diabetes is a diagnosis that stays with you for the rest of your life. But by taking the right measures early on, people with diabetes can live longer and healthier.
According to the National Institutes of Health, people who have type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood sugar early in their illness are likely to outlive those who do not.
“The outlook for people with type 1 diabetes continues to improve,” said
Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which funded the study, released in 2015. “These results show that by tightly controlling their blood glucose, people with type 1 diabetes can live longer.”
Once known as “juvenile diabetes”, type 1 typically affects younger people and occurs when the body does not make insulin. People who have type 1 must take daily doses of insulin to live.
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Is there a social stigma attached to type 2 diabetes?
Many people living with the illness would say yes.
In fact, surveys show that many people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes feel judged. According to research from the marketing firm dQ&A:
- 76 percent of type 1 patients felt stigmatized, compared to 52 percent with type 2.
- 83 percent of parents of type 1 children said they felt stigmatized.
- More than half of people with type 2 diabetes who used intensive insulin therapies – multiple injections or a daily pump – felt stigmatized.
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From Labor Day to Thanksgiving to the winter holidays, the last few months of the year give us a lot of reasons to travel.
Traveling can be stressful, and living with an illness like diabetes only adds to the tension. Here are a few tips for staying healthy the next time you take flight.
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Foot and leg care is a big part of living with diabetes, which is why Creative Care products such as compression socks are so important.
They’re designed to help relieve aching legs by using a stronger elastic, which helps soothe foot-related discomfort. They prevent blood clots and can increase circulation, making them useful for patients who are bed-ridden or otherwise inactive.
But are these socks useful for people without diabetes? Ask anyone who’s run a marathon. Runners have used them for years to increase oxygen delivery, prevent cramping and reduce fatigue.
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