August 2021 marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin. Before insulin was discovered, a diagnosis of diabetes would be seen as a death sentence. The only remedies available at that time were very restrictive low-calorie and low-carbohydrate diets. These regimens could extend patients’ lives by a few years, but they would still ultimately succumb to the disease. They also made diabetic patients very weak and could even lead to starvation.
Simply put, the discovery of insulin helped save many lives—as it continues to do today.
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According to the CDC, 34.2 million people have diabetes. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that 60-70% of diabetes patients suffer from some level of peripheral neuropathy. Continue Reading How can diabetic socks help you?
Foot care is a fundamental part of living with diabetes. Wearing diabetic socks regularly can help you take proper care of your feet and live a normal and enjoyable life. These socks are made from high-quality materials with excellent moisture absorption capabilities. They are non-constricting, seamless, well-padded, and close-fitting. They also feature a nylon exterior to significantly minimize friction and the possibility of a foot injury, while walking. That is the level of precision that goes into designing these crucially important socks. Read on to learn how diabetic socks can enhance your quality of life living with diabetes. Continue Reading Diabetic Socks: Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Quality of Life
Diabetic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that is common in diabetic patients. High blood sugar can weigh heavy on your nerves and cause some damage. The most affected nerves are those around the legs and feet.
Depending on the nerves affected, the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from numbness and pain around your legs and feet to upsets in your digestive system, urinary tract, heart, and blood vessels. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that affects up to 50% of patients living with diabetes.
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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?
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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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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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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Having diabetes can complicate your life in many ways. In addition to having to watch what you eat, you also need to worry about your circulation.
When you have high blood sugar, it can damage your blood vessels, leading to plaque build-up, which in turn lessens your blood flow. Diabetics can also develop neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can mean a loss in feeling.
Leg cramps, pain while walking, or numbness in your feet or toes an all be signs of poor circulation.
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