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Diabetes: Smart tips for winter foot care
When you have diabetes, proper foot care is a must any time of the year, but winter poses some special challenges.
Inspect your feet every day.
Anyone with diabetes needs to have a daily protocol for foot inspection.
Pick the right footwear.
When you have diabetes, winter cold and dampness combined with decreased circulation can increase your risk for a foot ulcer.
Keep your feet dry.
Sloshing through water and puddles can lead to dangerously damp feet. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet/ toes for too long can invite unwanted bacteria to gather.
Moisturizing is a must.
Diabetes nerve damage and poor circulation can cause decreased function of the moisturizing glands of your feet.
Trim your toenails.
Untrimmed or infected toenails are a frequent cause of infections and ulcers.
Don't burn your feet.
Nerve damage in your feet caused by diabetes can make keeping them warm in winter risky.
Control your blood sugar.
Keeping your diabetes under good control is an important part of diabetic foot care.
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10 holiday survival tips if you have diabetes
1. Maintain your schedule. If you overeat, trying to catch up by skipping a meal afterward may cause you to overeat when you have your next meal or if a snack is available. It's important to eat, exercise and take your diabetes and other medications about the same time as you usually do.
2. Check your blood sugar frequently. If you are taking insulin or medications that lower your blood sugar, check your blood sugar more frequently during the holidays.
3. Budget your sweets and treats. To keep your blood sugars from skyrocketing, include sweets and treats as part of your carbohydrate budget - not in addition to.
4. Watch your alcohol intake. Moderate alcohol intake can have a blood sugar lowering effect so don't drink on an empty stomach. The amounts of calories and sugars vary significantly among drinks so it can be useful to search nutrition information about your favorite drinks. Recommendations for alcohol use for those with diabetes are no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two per day for men.
5. Download mobile tools. You can download mobile apps to your phone, including apps that help you count carbohydrates or certain fishes and let you know how much insulin you need to take.
6. Order smart in restaurants. Ask for options with less saturated fat, fried food and sugars.
7. Cook light, healthy dishes to take with you to parties. There are delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes that you can bring to holiday parties.
8. Be party smart. Enjoy vegetable-based appetizers and then meat or cheese appetizers. Stay hydrated and reach for water or club soda with a lime or lemon twist.
9. Stay active. If you can't stick to your usual exercise program, do some fun activity with family or friends.
10. Remember the reason for the season. Put the focus on family and friends, not on food.
Learn more at https://health.clevelandclinic.org/10-holiday-survival-tips-if-you-have-diabetes-2/.