As we continue into 2017, let’s put our best foot (or feet) forward in with some basic footcare tips. While footcare may not have been at the top of your “New Year New You” priorities, it still shouldn’t be forgotten. Below are a few basic tips for helping your feet stay healthy in 2017!
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Most people without diabetes don’t realize that the nerve and blood vessel damage caused by the disease can become a major problem for their feet. This happens when peripheral neuropathy (which occurs in about 70 percent of people with diabetes) develops and feeling is lost in the extremities.
To ensure the best possible foot health, follow these 9 easy tips to avoid injury, and your feet will be healthy longer.
The holidays can be a tough time for those trying to manage their diabetes. With there being no shortage of rich, sugary and salty foods readily available, it’s important to be aware of the food and drink decisions that you’re making.
Topics: Diabetic Health
It’s no mystery, that in addition to diabetes, being overweight can lead to a host of health problems. Being overweight is known to contribute to everything from high blood pressure and heart disease to arthritis, gallstones, and sleep apnea. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that being overweight has a serious impact on the overall health of your feet.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.