Posts for: November, 2012
Cold season is upon us - the coughing, sniffling, sneeze-inducing weather that makes us want to hide beneath our duvets with a steaming bowl of soup. It can be a dangerous time for those with diabetes and you may be wondering how managing your condition figures in when you’re ill.
The first step is finding out if you are at risk.
Consistent, daily management of your diabetes is crucial. When we’re sick, our blood glucose levels fluctuate unpredictably. To manage these fluctuations, it’s recommended that you test yourself every two to four hours. This will help you prevent your blood glucose from spiking or dropping drastically.
Taking multiple medications at once isn’t ideal, but it’s important that you continue taking your diabetes medication and insulin while you are ill. When choosing a cold or flu medication, opt for sugar-free syrups and lozenges so you’re not adding extra sugar to your system.
Hydration is an important factor for all people who have diabetes. It’s even more important for those who are sick. Be sure to drink lots of water or flavoured, sugar-free beverages to replace any lost fluids.
Keeping your skin hydrated is also important, not only when you are sick, but also during the rest of the year. Have a bottle of lotion handy for any point in the day when your legs and feet become dry. Massage the lotion in, stimulating circulation. These additional moments can be imperative to the maintenance of your foot health.
Staying healthy during the winter months is important to all of us. If you have any questions about how proper diabetic healthcare affects the health of your feet, or if you are experiencing any foot discomfort, please contact our foot specialists. Brian Cragg, our Chiropodist, can assess your condition and give you the guidelines and care necessary to keep your feet healthy.
A tingling sensation may be fine when it comes to the excitement of the holidays. However, if you are experiencing tingling and numbness in your feet, these are telltale-warning signs of a serious nerve condition called peripheral neuropathy. This condition is most is often caused by the effects of diabetes. It’s important that you seek professional medical help right away.
Neuropathy is a serious medical concern and if left untreated, may result in more serious medical conditions. Loss of blood circulation, foot ulcers, and even amputation can all result if you ignore the warning signs your feet are telling you.
So let us help you! Our foot specialist, Chiropodist Brian Cragg, can evaluate your condition to determine if neuropathy is to blame for your foot discomfort. Although neuropathy can’t be cured, it can be successfully treated so that your painful symptoms no longer affect your life. Managing your blood sugar levels is also a key factor in treating peripheral neuropathy. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program can help keep your levels regulated.
Since November is Diabetes Month, take some time to become more knowledgeable on diabetes and how it can affect you and your feet! Contact our office so you can get the medical attention you need to prevent neuropathy from ruining your day!