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April is Limb Awareness Month

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If you are someone who has diabetes, you need to pay careful attention to your feet. Your heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body – when the vessels become thick with sugar your heart has to work harder to get its job done. Because your feet are the furthest place away from your heart, they can become susceptible to injury and disease, especially when you have a clogged artery in your leg.

Protect Your Feet
Type 2 Diabetes Spotlight10

Easter Candy Binging?

Thursday April 24, 2014

Now that Easter is over, the question is: What have you done with all the candy? The parents of the children I used to work with with Type 1 diabetes would get creative - kids would trade in candy for games, movies and excursions. As adults with Type 2 diabetes - the solution is up to you. It can be nearly impossible to regulate blood sugars when you are constantly snacking on candy. But, you can get creative too - learn how!

Tired of Insulin Injections

Thursday April 24, 2014

A colleague of mine recently started two patients on the V-Go - an insulin patch pump. The V-go is a disposable insulin delivery system that acts similarly to a pump without extensive programming. My colleagues intentions were to potentially help these patients with Type 2 diabetes whose blood sugars were constantly elevated get their blood sugars in control. These patients previously prescribed a diabetes regiment that required them to take multiple daily insulin injections.The problem was that they were not taking their medicine as prescribed - often they would miss injections because they would forget or felt it was inconvenient to carry around their pen devices.

The V-Go sounded like a good solution for them. They could get insulin without having to give multiple daily injections. I am wondering if this new device will take off. Have you ever heard of the V-Go? What are your thoughts?

 

4 Surprising Foods You Should Avoid with Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday April 24, 2014

I don't enjoy telling people what not to eat. It makes me feel judgmental, but the reality is that it's part of my job. And sometimes people appreciate it - especially when we discover something that they had no idea was bad for them. In fact, just yesterday,I counseled a patient with multiple heath issues, including Type 2 diabetes, who takes pride in bringing me his food and blood sugar log at each visit, but this week he was perplexed. He couldn't figure out why his pre-dinner blood sugars were so high. He said: "I don't understand I am eating whole wheat pretzels for a snack." The light bulb turned on in my head. I hated to tell him that his favorite snack was wrecking havoc on his sugars, but I had no choice. I explained to him that pretzels, even whole wheat, are rich in carbohydrates and sodium and lacking in fiber and protein. They are also a high glycemic index food which can elevate blood sugar. He was shocked, but happy that we found the culprit. He wondered if there were any other foods he was eating that perhaps weren't the best for him.

Take Care of Your Feet

Thursday April 17, 2014

My mentor would always say, "you can tell a great deal about someone's health by looking at their feet." It didn't take me long in the field of diabetes to understand what she meant by that. I have seen patients with amputated toes, foot injuries, fungal infections, bunions, ulcers, hammer toes, and corns. I have also seen people with beautiful feet-healthy, soft and peachy colored feet. The difference between the two? Chronically high blood sugars, elevated blood pressure, smoking and obesity can negatively impact your feet. If you are someone with diabetes, you are more susceptible to peripheral neuropathy and other foot related deformities. It's important to have a comprehensive foot exam annually, check your feet daily and practice good hygiene. Not all people with diabetes are destined to have foot related issues, but those you ignore their foot may.

Knowing what to look for and how to protect your feet can protect your limbs. If you have diabetes foot related issues, you may be eligible for diabetes shoes. Medicare covers one pair yearly. Get educated on your foot health today so that you can save your limbs.

 

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