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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...
Pain and disability can limit one's ability to live comfortably. Because a majority of time is spent in the home, adjusting the home environment can prove critical for improving quality of life. When a person cannot adapt to limitations easily, sometimes it is easier to adapt the environment to the person. This concept has been utilized successfully in the workplace in the form of workstation ergonomics. Fitting the chair, desk, and computer to a worker can drastically reduce the risk of repetitive use injuries. Taking this concept even further, home environment adjustments can be very important for gaining accessibility and living more comfortably. Here are some tips for improving your home environment with smart design.
Lever handles on doors and faucets can be easily operated with a push
Grab bars in the bathroom can make the area safer and easier to use
Toilet seat height at 19" can make it easier to get off the toilet
Raising the dishwasher to 42" can save everyone's b...
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