Diabetic patients or anyone that has metabolic issues or blood sugar concerns stand to develop more serious problems to their feet and the problems occur more quickly.
Diabetes affects circulation, damages nerves, impairs the immune system, weakens bones and joints and can affect the skin.
Especially during the winter month’s diabetics have less natural moisture content to their skin so this can lead to dehydration that ultimately can lead to fissures, cracks, and itching that all cause the skin to break down, and can lead to infection.
Tips to keep your diabetic feet healthy:
- 1.Have your feet examined at least twice a year. Come to our office to have your feet examined.
- Wash your feet daily and dry well between the toes. Use lotion to replace the lost moisture.
- Always wear clean socks or hosiery.
- Inspect your feet daily. Check for redness, cuts, cracks, scratches, discoloration, ect. Use a hand held mirror if you cannot reach down to examine your feet.
- Avoid smoking, sitting with legs crossed or exposing feet to cold or heat- all can restrict your circulation.
- Do not use over the counter corn/callus cures, these products contain acid that can create ulcers to your skin.
- Do not walk barefoot, wear your house shoes/slipper with your orthotics inside if they were prescribed by your doctor.
- Do not treat your own ulcer, sore foot problems with sharp instruments or dig out corners of your nails. Trim your nails straight across and file the edges. Please come to our office for your nail care needs.
*These are tasks that can be done in about 5 minutes. Five minutes each day can be limb saving and save yourself from taking care of a sore for weeks or months.
- Always have Proteins at every meal: This will ensure that the blood sugar stays level throughout the day. Proteins don’t tax the pancreas to produce insulin, like carbohydrates do.
- Have 5 smaller meals per day: Breakfast/ small snack/Lunch/ small snack/ then Dinner: This ensures that your blood sugar stays at a constant level, rather than up and down throughout the day. Make sure that each of the snacks are protein based: nuts, glass of milk, cheese, bean salad/soups etc.
- Keep “sugar” to less than 25-30 grams PER DAY!! You have to read the labels on your food packages. (1 teaspoon of sugar is about 4 grams of sugar) Go very easy on the white breads, pastas, rice; if you eat these for your meals make sure you have lean source of protein included in that meal. Eat veggies that have lower carbohydrate load; broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, spinach etc. Go lighter on Potatoes, peas, carrots.
- Use sugar substitutes; Monk fruit is great tasting, Stevia is also natural. There are other substitutes, but they have more chemical additives in them.
- Stay away from jelly, jams, dried fruits, honey, ice creams etc.
- Cooking with Oils: For sautéing; use avocado, & grape seed oils as they have a higher heat tolerance. Baking or roasting; use olive oil, as it has a lower heat tolerance level. These are all good source of omega 3’s ( the healthy fats) STAY AWAY FROM: canola, corn, safflower, sunflower, palm kernel oils, as they are high in omega 6’s ( these are the UNHEALTHY fats that can increase risk of heart disease, and chronic inflammation, which can lead to many disease states, and worsen diabetic issues!)
Have NEUROPATHY: use supplements: we stock many for this condition; Alpha Lipoic Acid, B vitamins, even Resveratrol can help.
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