Part of foot health and diabetes care is eating healthy. Without proper blood-sugar control, 70 percent to 80 percent of diabetics develop neuropathy after 10 to 15 years, Dr. Renu Joshi told the Patriot News of Central Pennsylvania. Prevention is the best way to prevent the loss of feeling, poor circulation and diabetic foot ulcers. “They have to control their sugars,” Dr. Joshi said.
Here are a few of the best foods for foot health and diabetes…
1. Anti-Fungal Foods – Help prevent toenail fungus by keeping your shoes sanitized and eating foods that have natural anti-fungal properties, such as: garlic, apple cider vinegar, gluten-free whole grains, yogurt and kefir.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Reducing inflammation with Omega-3 Fatty Acids is important in preventing gout or plantar fasciitis. Salmon and fish oil supplements can be helpful, according to Eric Metcalf MPH. Oysters, tuna, trout, halibut, eggs, fortified orange juice, yogurt, milk, wheat bread, whole grain cereal, peanut butter, walnuts and oatmeal are other quality sources, says Web MD.
3. Calcium and Vitamin D – These two nutrients will help you build bone mass to prevent osteoporosis, fractures and other structural deformities. You might want to try making your own superfood milk, which contains a good dose of calcium and vitamin D. Other excellent choices include: yogurt, cheese, broccoli and collard greens.
4. Immunity-Boosting Foods – You want to keep your immune system strong to ward off attacks from microbes that could enter the body through the feet and also to promote fast wound-healing, which is essential if you get a blister or cut on your feet. Foods like mushrooms, garlic, yogurt, oats, barley, fish, chicken soup, beef, sweet potatoes and tea are great for that, says Prevention Magazine.
What Not To Eat With Diabetes
Sugar — in the form of dried fruit, fruit juice, energy bars and candy — can send your blood sugars through the roof. It’s one of the worst things a person can eat if he or she is concerned about inflammation or swelling of the legs and feet. Starchy vegetables like peas, corn, potato, winter squash, and pumpkin can really increase your blood sugars in a hurry, so they should be limited.
Other Tips Regarding Foot Health and Diabetes:
The CDC recommends quitting smoking, as this activity decreases blood flow to the feet. Check your feet for injuries daily. Wear shoes that fit comfortably to avoid foot abrasions. Never walk barefoot or just in socks. Stay physically active and strive to be at a healthy weight. See your doctor for a full foot exam at least four times per year.