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Will Knight

Will is a contributor for Anodyne. He is an avid runner, yogi, and golfer. He has a passion for healthy living...especially healthy eating and nutrition.
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5 Ways Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Differ

Posted by Will Knight on Dec 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When people hear that you have diabetes, they start to make assumptions that aren't always accurate. A lot of the confusion stems from the fact that there are two main types – Type 1 and Type 2.

Most people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed with it at a very early age.  They live with it as a child, teen, and adult.  Having type 1 diabetes means you’re in the vast minority. Of the approximately 29 million Americans who have diabetes, only 1.25 million have type 1. Most have type 2, which is a totally different form.

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Topics: Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Health, Diabetic Footwear

Diabetes Friendly Tex Mex Turkey Meatloaf

Posted by Will Knight on Nov 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Traditional meatloaf is usually made with ground chuck, which is high in artery-clogging saturated fat. You can create a healthier version by substituting low-fat ground turkey for the beef. In addition, you can reduce the carb count by cutting out the bread crumbs and using rolled oats instead. The oats can help regulate blood sugar, thanks to the high fiber and low glycemic index. This healthy meatloaf is finished off with great seasonings, and plenty of fresh and flavorful veggies. I always top mine off with some spicy salsa!

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Topics: Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetic Health

3 Ways to Prevent Diabetes Related Amputations

Posted by Will Knight on Nov 23, 2016 10:21:59 AM

In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed on adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. In addition, about 60% of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people diagnosed with diabetes.

Experts say that, with good healthcare and support, four out of five amputations could be prevented. Eighty percent of amputations begin as foot ulcers, which are largely avoidable and far more treatable if found early. It is particularly important that if anyone with diabetes has a foot infection or new ulcer, they get urgent attention from a team of specialists. Evidence shows that the longer the delay before seeing a specialist, the more likely it is that foot ulcers will be severe and slow to heal, leading to a greater risk of amputation.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Health, Diabetic Footwear, Diabetes Awareness

5 Exercises for Strong and Healthy Feet

Posted by Will Knight on Nov 10, 2016 10:44:16 AM

Even the most health-conscious people can tend to neglect their feet.  It’s easy to do until you start to feel discomfort, which almost everyone will at some point in their life.

Aside from wearing shoes that provide proper support and cushioning from healthy footwear brands such as Anodyne (shameless plus), exercising is a great way to maintain your foot fitness.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Health, Diabetic Footwear

How Obesity Leads to Diabetes

Posted by Will Knight on Oct 28, 2016 10:26:08 AM

The fact that obesity significantly increases the risk of developing certain conditions can be a tough pill to swallow. Unfortunately, medical data shows that people who are obese have a greater risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Diabetes is another disease that people who are overweight are at a high risk of developing. Knowing exactly how obesity leads to diabetes is an important first step to reducing this global epidemic. Eliminating certain risk factors has to begin with knowing what they are.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Footwear

Diabetic Friendly Pancakes

Posted by Will Knight on Oct 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Not everything low-carb, low-sugar has to be tasteless. These diabetic-friendly pancakes are not only healthy and delicious, but also easy to make. Serve with fresh fruit to make it more filling, or add fruit right into the batter. For a heart-healthy option, use whole wheat flour.

Tip - Trading butter for applesauce is a healthy way to cut out excess fat and still enjoy the sweetness of pancakes.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Awareness

9 Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

Posted by Will Knight on Oct 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM

If you have diabetes, preparing for even daily activities can require advanced planning. So how do you prepare for travel that can disrupt your diabetes care routine? Here are 9 tips for traveling when you have diabetes.  

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Diabetes Awareness, diabetes blog

How Cold Weather Can Affect Your Blood Sugar

Posted by Will Knight on Sep 27, 2016 3:19:20 PM

As the seasons change, most of us are exposed to extreme temperatures of one variety or another. Whether you're sweating or shivering, you should always take precautions to avoid temperature-related blood sugar spikes.

When temperatures start to get out of control, so can your blood sugar. Both hot and cold weather extremes can affect your testing equipment and your medications, and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Health, Diabetic Footwear, Diabetes Awareness

Foot Stretches to Counteract High Heels

Posted by Will Knight on Sep 23, 2016 4:47:54 PM

Do you wear high heels? If so, the stretches below are mandatory on a daily basis. Your feet and body will thank you later.

  1. Instrinsic Muscles Stretch

Prevents: Hammer toes, bunions, neuromas, and stress fractures.

Slip the fingers of your opposite hand in between your toes, as if you were to “shake hands” with your foot. Use fingers 2-5 to do this and leave your thumb out. By just holding your toes in this position, you will be stretching the muscles in between the long bones (metatarsals) of your foot. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Then pull the toes down so you stretch the top of the toes and foot. Hold the toes in this position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear, General

8 Bad Eating Habits for Diabetics

Posted by Will Knight on Sep 20, 2016 1:37:55 PM

In addition to the types of food and the overall volume, it’s also important to make sure that you’re aware of the timing and variety of your meals. Whether you’re diabetic or not, it’s going to be incredibly beneficial to your health and quality of life if you’re being smart about your eating habits.

To make things a little easier for you, here is a list we put together of 8 bad eating habits that should be avoided -

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Topics: diabetes blog, Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetic Health, Diabetes Awareness