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Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses. If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses. When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Foot Care

Marijuana May Help Ease Nerve Pain, Review Finds

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Marijuana may be slightly effective at reducing chronic nerve pain known as neuropathy. But there's little evidence on whether or not pot helps treat other types of pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a pair of new studies suggests. The findings on neuropathy "fit generally well with what we know," said Dr. Sachin Patel of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville. Patel wrote a commentary accompanying the review in the Aug. 15 online edition of Annals of Internal Medicine. Medical marijuana is legal in almost all states and the District of Columbia for certain medical purposes. Some states may have laws that haven't yet been implemented, according to NORML, a pro-marijuana legalization group. But research into the medical uses of marijuana remains controversial. Plus, it's difficult for scientists to study the drug because it is illegal on the ... Read more

Related support groups: Peripheral Neuropathy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Cannabis, Small Fiber Neuropathy, Autonomic Neuropathy

Health Tip: Caring for Your Feet

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Summer is here, and it's time to remember your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Don't walk barefoot; wear a pair of flip-flops at the pool, beach or in a locker room. Protect feet with sunscreen. Reapply regularly, and after swimming. Drink lots of water to help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. When traveling, take frequent breaks to flex your feet, ankles and toes. Use water shoes if you're visiting the beach, a creek, pond or lake. Pack a pair of dry shoes to change into. Create a foot first-aid kit, including moisturizing cream, bandages, nail clippers and blister pads. If you hurt your foot, see a podiatrist. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Two particular types of nerve damage (neuropathy) have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a neurologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Diabetes is one of the main causes of neuropathy, and about 30 million Americans currently have diabetes, Kaur said. More commonly, people with diabetes have nerve damage that causes numbness in the feet and toes. This is called peripheral neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Association. Autonomic neuropathy affects involuntary bodily functions such as blood pressure, digestion, sexual function, urination, temperature ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Foot sores are more common among people with diabetes, who often have problems with circulation to the legs and feet. To help prevent this dangerous condition, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Maintaining tight control of your blood glucose. Avoiding walking barefoot. Seeing a podiatrist regularly. If you already have an ulcer, keeping the area clean and covered with a sterile bandage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Foot Care

Reset Your Taste Buds for Less Sugar

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Did you know that flavored yogurt in the United States has a lot more sugar than it does in other countries? That's because our national sweet tooth is out of control. And the more sugar we eat, the more we want. Studies show that replacing sweet foods with sugar-free versions doesn't help. Artificial sweeteners don't satisfy a sugar craving. The answer is to reset your taste buds for less sugar. According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, you can do this over a short amount of time, just as it's possible to reduce a desire for salt. Cut back on the amount of sweets you eat every day, but do it gradually. Some experts say going cold turkey can lead to a binge later on. Resist temptation by limiting the cookie and candy stash in your kitchen cabinets. Add fruit to your diet – you'll be getting nutrients along with the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Fashion can be stylish without being uncomfortable. Shoes that are too tight can actually injure your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association says tight shoes can lead to development of: A bunion. Corns. A hammer toe, in which the middle toe joint curls. Crossover toe, in which the second or third toe crosses over the next toe. An ingrown toenail. Sores, especially among people with diabetes who have foot nerve damage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – The type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now says. The FDA is requiring the medications to carry new warnings about the risk. The required warnings on the drug's labeling include the most serious and prominent boxed warning. The agency's decision is based on data from two large clinical trials showing that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking canagliflozin as among those taking a placebo. Amputations of the toe and middle of the foot were the most common, but leg amputations below and above the knee also occurred. Some patients had more than one amputation, some had amputations involving both limbs, according to the FDA. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Invokana, Diabetes Mellitus, Canagliflozin, Invokamet, Canagliflozin/metformin, Invokamet XR

Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden. The first study looked at the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in U.S. children, and uncovered this troubling trend: From 2002 to 2012, the rates for both types of diabetes increased, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. But a bit of hope was offered up in the second study: Swedish researchers reported a drop in the incidence of heart disease and stroke in adults with both types of diabetes. "These studies highlight our concerns about the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Every 23 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes [in the United States]," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Cefalu added that ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip

What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted that about half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. However, not all of them will have symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet. In the new study, the Hopkins group reviewed 106 studies on pain relief for diabetic neuropathy. The researchers found "moderate" evidence that the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor) reduce diabetic nerve pain. However, they only found "weak" evidence that botulinum toxin (Botox), the anti-seizure drugs ... Read more

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Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Michael Ambroziak, a Michigan-based foot and ankle surgeon. "Patients with diabetes should change out of wet or damp socks, and towel dry their feet as soon as possible, remembering to pay close attention to the area between their toes," he advised in a news release from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. People with diabetes also need to moisturize their feet daily to prevent their skin from itching or cracking. But avoid areas ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Biafine, Skin Care, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Complex-15, Hylatopic, Replens, Emollients, Lubriderm, Cetaphil Cleanser, Eucerin, CeraVe, Concept, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Bag Balm

FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels. That means people with diabetes who use the Dexcom G5 CGM will likely be spared at least three or four fingersticks a day. Right now, blood sugar tests require the use of a lancing device to prick a small hole in the finger to collect a drop of blood to measure the current blood sugar level. And, until now, even people with a continuous glucose monitor needed to verify those levels before figuring out how much insulin they needed for meals, or to bring down a high blood sugar level. Now, they'll just need to do two fingersticks a day (once every 12 hours) to be sure the ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Diabetic Retinopathy, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip

Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Lung Cancer, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Pre-Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip

Health Tip: Exercise Safely With Diabetes

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes, but it needs to be done with safety in mind. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Avoiding heavy weight lifting if you have high blood pressure, eye problems or issues with blood vessels. Using caution if you have nerve damage in your feet. Wear thick socks and well-fitted shoes, and check your feet for injury after exercise. Talking to your doctor about which exercises are safe for you. Taking care to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take insulin. Have a small snack before exercise if your sugar is less than 100. And drink plenty of water. Avoiding exercise if you have ketones in your urine and your fasting blood glucose is 250 or higher. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

A Better Diabetes Test?

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Industry-funded researchers say they've developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test. "We think our approach will enable many patients and their doctors to do a better job controlling blood sugar levels and reduce the long-term risks of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure" associated with diabetes, said Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. At issue is the HbA1c test, also known as the A1c test, which is used to diagnose diabetes. It also identifies people with prediabetes and provides insight into how well blood sugar is controlled over a three-month period among those monitoring their disease. The A1c test "measures how much sugar a person's blood cells have soaked up since the time the cells were produced," Higgins said. "Before the test was available, patients and ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Diabetic Retinopathy, Diagnosis and Investigation, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (in DM Type II), Diabetic Ketoacidosis (in DM Type I), Diabetic Coma (in DM Type II), Retinopathy Prophylaxis, Diabetic Coma (in DM Type I), Diabetic Coma

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