Supporting Individuals Diagnosed with Diabetes

Worried mature couple with doctorDiabetes 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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Is There a Stigma on Type-2 Diabetics?

Socks for Type-2 DiabeticsIs 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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New Studies Indicate Importance of Exercise, Diet for Type-2 Diabetes Patients

Diabetes Socks - Circulation SocksRecent research on cardiovascular health and problems with blood sugar have focused on preventing insulin sensitivity rather than how to help people who have type-2 diabetes cope with their condition. However, at least one study published in the British Medical Journal found that people with this chronic condition may be able to reduce the risk of future heart disease by working out, whether or not one uses specialized clothing including diabetes socks.

The Findings of Exercise to Minimize Cardiovascular Disease in Patients

Scientists and medical professionals at the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University analyzed several dozen trials. They found that there was a similar efficacy for people who exercised regularly in limiting the effects of heart disease, as well as those who were at risk of developing type-2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

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Benefits of Diabetic Socks

seamfree_silverThere are a number of physical concerns that can affect a diabetic’s quality of life. Though many may not realize it, one of the most worrisome areas of concern lies quite literally at a diabetic’s feet. For people suffering from this condition, the feet are often one of the most vulnerable areas on the body as it is susceptible to a number of painful lacerations and blisters. Thanks to neuropathy and the sensitive, weakened state of a diabetic’s feet, diabetic socks have become a vital tool in helping prevent dangerous, possibly infectious injuries.

While many people realize the potential peril that may lay at a diabetics feet, many feel the diabetic socks are little more than just another cost. On the contrary, diabetic socks offer a number of benefits that are vital to improving the quality of life for a diabetic. Below are just a few ways that diabetic socks can help people suffering from diabetes.

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