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We've passed the mid-way point in National Diabetes Month , which calls for awareness and education of diabetes to the general public and fostering a sense of community for all who have diabetes. Diabetes is affecting more and more people and their families and friends every year - to the tune of 23.6 million in the U.S. alone , hence this push for outreach and education are both necessary and noble. I hope that this sense of unified community begins from within the Diabetes Community itself, where I've found a fracture between those with Type 1 and those with Type 2. There have been times when I've been privy to comparisons, comments and banter (sometimes none to friendly) that have been tossed between the two D camps. The division between the two conditions can be likened to some of the other schisms that have occurred in cultures or religions, creating two distinct factions, like the Protestants v. the Catholics, or the Orange Irish v. the Green Irish, or Working Moms v. ...
Lately, people have been asking a lot of questions about sore feet. How can you turn sore feet into happy feet?
Inspect: Even though your feet are a long way from your eyes, they are still important. Sores, bumps, and rashes can go unnoticed unless you look at your feet. Anyone with diabetes or another condition that causes numbness should inspect their feet daily. Some people have even had their legs amputated because of a small sore that became infected. Pay attention to your feet; they are the only ones you get.
Shoe Inserts: The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes.
Rocker Bottom Soles: Most people have never heard of this before, so visualize the bottom...
For many decades, folk “wisdom” claimed that diabetes was caused by eating too much sugar.
There have always been curious ideas in the diabetic world. For instance, people with advanced diabetes excrete a lot of sugar in their urine, so one early diabetic diet prescribed eating nothing but candy, on the theory that because the patients were losing so much sugar in their urine, they should replace it with sugar in their diet.
Shortly after I was diagnosed, I had an idea of why people might think that eating sugar caused diabetes. For about 6 months previously, I had craved sugar. I think it was because my cells had trouble taking up sugar, so they made me want to eat more sugar. But in fact, I think it was the diabetes that made me want more sugar rather than eating more sugar that gave me diabetes.
If this were true, it’s unlikely that friends and relatives would analyze the situation. They’d see someone eating a lot of sugar and then getti...
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