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Eating for Foot Health: Try Superfoods to Prevent Diabetes Infections

“Food is medicine,” according to wise Greek philosopher Hippocrates. In ancient times, food was all people had to prevent horrible diseases and infections. Today, people with diabetes are often advised to be mindful of what they eat. “Even though we live in a pill-popping, drug-oriented culture, more and more people are starting to realize that food is really our best medicine,” concurs Dr. Stephan Ripich, M.D. He adds, “There is no stage of Type 2 that can’t be helped by making some smart dietary changes.”

The makers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer are interested in learning how to prevent diabetes complications, like diabetes infections of the foot. In addition to killing fungus and bacteria in your footwear using UV light, eating the right superfoods is another natural method of preventing infection.

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There are many superfoods that can help diabetics prevent infections.

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Take Strides to Protect Your Feet: 3 Reasons Diabetics Should Invest in Shoe Orthoses

People with diabetes can achieve the best possible health by managing the various risks they face. Poor circulation is one complication caused by elevated blood sugars. This condition makes it more difficult for wounds to heal — particularly wounds in the lower extremities.

Another complication — nerve damage — makes it possible for slow-healing wounds to go undetected for long periods of time. During this time, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can easily infect the wound. We wash our clothes daily, but fail to follow any regular protocol for our footwear — and yet, this dark, damp, warm environment is where pathogens like to procreate most.

To avoid dangerous diabetic foot infections resulting in hospitalization, surgery, and/or amputation, we recommend preventing foot wounds with orthoses and preventing microbial buildup with a SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer.

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There are several different types of orthoses to choose from.
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Got Cold Feet This Winter? It Could Be Your Diabetes!

The cold weather brought by winter can make life really unpleasant for a diabetic. Your skin is probably feeling really dry this time of year, and you may not be as physically active as you’d like to be, which can leave you feeling lousy in more ways than one. Peripheral neuropathy — which causes numbness and pain in the hands and feet — is the most talked-about complication of diabetes, but there are other complications that may cause your feet to feel extremely cold.

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Diabetics often suffer from ice-cold feet, making winters particularly uncomfortable.
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The Dysvascular Foot & How It Leads To Infection

A “dysvascular foot” refers to a foot that has a defective blood supply. This condition is most frequently found in diabetics, and is directly caused by chronic heightened blood sugar levels which cause nerve damage over time. This nerve damage is called “neuropathy.”

According to FW Wagner,  dysvascular patients make up 80% of the thousands of patients who undergo lower extremity amputations. He created a scale to help doctors figure out how to determine the severity of a patient’s foot infection. Hopefully you will keep a close eye on your diabetic foot hygiene, so you never have to worry about such trouble.

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FW Wagner created a scale to help doctors determine the severity of a dysvascular diabetic foot. Image Source: PhysicalTherapy.com

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Triple Amputee Recalls Important Diabetic Foot Symptoms She Missed

Nine years ago, 47-year-old Jane Knight led a busy life. The British mum looked after an autistic son and worked as a therapist. She loved to write, paint, play piano, and sew. Today she lives as a triple amputee after operations removed both legs and one arm. It wasn’t a tragic accident that claimed her limbs — but a common disease that 25.8 million Americans and more than 3 million Brits have: diabetes.

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Prosthetic legs are not as glamorous as this photo would have you believe. Image Source: CNN.com

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