The Anodyne Journal

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: Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Health, diabetes blog

How to Deal with Shin Splints

Posted by Billy Kanter on Oct 11, 2016 2:03:05 PM

"Shin splints” is a general term for a condition caused by inflammation to the anterior or posterior muscles and tendons in the lower leg, or adjacent soft tissue along the shin bone. In almost all cases, this is quite painful and does not heal quickly. Below are a few quick things to keep in mind while exercising, in order to take a proactive approach against shin splints.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

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

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: General, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

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

Fall Footcare Tips

Posted by Billy Kanter on Sep 15, 2016 3:41:56 PM

By forgoing socks, donning flip-flops, or simply going barefoot, Summer was the time to free our feet from their year-long captivity without repercussion. If you’ve been especially lucky, you’ve only had to sheath your soles a handful of times since May. However, now that Labor Day has come and gone, you’re probably inclined to stick your feet back into a pair of closed toed shoes. Nonetheless, if you take a little time to care for your feet before they go back into seasonal hibernation, they’ll be healthier come spring. Check out these footcare tips to make sure that your dogs aren’t barking this fall –

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear, diabetes blog

Diabetic Friendly Stuffed Avocados

Posted by Will Knight on Sep 8, 2016 10:27:10 AM

These avocados are stuffed with a flavorful southwest mixture of shrimp, bell pepper, jalapeno, and cilantro. It’s an easy, tasty lunch, snack, or even dinner!

I prefer to buy the raw shrimp and devein and cook myself, rather than the majority that are precooked. It makes all the difference in my opinion.

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Topics: Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Health

3 Exercises for Reducing Heel Pain

Posted by Billy Kanter on Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Heel pain is fairly common, and can be a result of many different issues or conditions. Nonetheless, regardless of what is causing the pain, here are three techniques that can be used to alleviate or prevent future heel issues.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

Stay-at-Home Workouts for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Will Knight on Aug 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Exercise is an important part of every type 2 diabetes management plan. Fortunately, it’s not impossible for you to include exercise as part of your diabetes management without leaving home. Here's how to create a home-based diabetes fitness plan that doesn't require a gym membership, fancy workout clothes, or expensive equipment.

The ADA recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week. If you have trouble fitting in 30 minutes of exercise at a time, consider breaking it up into 10 minute segments.

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Topics: Diabetes Awareness, diabetic shoes, diabetes blog

4 Tips for Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Billy Kanter on Aug 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you’ve ever had pain in the bottom of your foot with the first few steps out of bed in the morning, you’ve probably had some experience with this painful, and common, condition.

While there are some very interesting and advanced treatments to help get rid of your discomfort, there are some simple things you can do at home to help prevent and possibly reverse plantar fasciitis. Here are four easy tips for helping you deal with your plantar fasciitis –

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear