Well, I got your attention with the title of this Examiner article. I absolutely hate this title. Why? We’re not a disease even though we may have a blood sugar challenge. I will never label a person that has diabetes a diabetic. You should not either. An individual is a special person not some particular disease. If you would like to fully understand why you should never call a person a diabetic, please read my book titled, “Diabetes Can Be Sweet…Once You Bury It.” Chapter 24 “Lose the Label” explains why.
What I’m going to share with you is how to take care of your feet when you have diabetes. In addition, I cannot stress how important it is to keep your blood sugars in the normal range. Also, keep stress to a minimum and live your life to the fullest. This advice is coming from me….Julie Wanner. I’m just an ordinary gal that has had Type 1 Diabetes for almost 35 years with no complications. Most importantly, I know how you feel as my life journey has been very challenging. However, I will never let diabetes define me nor bury me. Instead, I buried diabetes in 1979. I will live my life to the fullest and you can too. I feel very blessed and thank the Lord every day!
10 tips to keep your feet healthy ~
1. Check your feet every day for cuts, wounds, bruises, swelling, infection, or pain. See your doctor immediately if necessary. Please take any cut or blister serious.
2. Keep your feet clean and wash them daily with warm water (not hot) and a mild soap without chemical toxins.
3. Keep your feet dry which will prevent fungal infections.
4. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across and never cut them too short. You never want to get an ingrown toenail.
5. Check to see if you have good hair growth on the front of your big toe. If you do, that is a sign of excellent circulation.
6. Wear comfortable shoes. Never squeeze your toes in a shoe that is too small. You’ll pay the price later with foot pain.
7. Get a foot massage often. Not only does it feel good but the health benefits are remarkable!
8. Soak your tired feet in Epsom salts. Ah….your feet will be happy!
9. Keep your feet soft by removing the dead skin. Never use a razor or sharp object.
10. Keep your feet soft with coconut oil and Shea butter.
Instead of calling this article by the title above, I’m going to call it, “Sweet feet care.” Remember, my friend you’re a special person….not a diabetic.
Source: “Diabetes Can Be Sweet…Once You Bury It”