April 8, 2014

Diabetes Health

Living with or caring for a loved one who has diabetes can be challenging. Diabetes is a demanding disease that requires daily management and self-care. However, it is important to remember that diabetes is, in fact, manageable, and many individuals with diabetes live long, active and fruitful lives. April is Defeat Diabetes Month, and we at Continuum understand the daily challenges that come with caring for diabetes.

Reducing complications starts with a simple step: caring for your feet daily. For diabetics, issues with the legs and feet are the primary cause of hospitalizations. However, doctors claim that the simple step of inspecting and cleansing the feet on a daily basis can greatly reduce the risk of developing foot ulcers which can lead to amputations.

Diabetics should also never wear shoes without socks or walk around barefoot in order to protect the feet from injury, and should wear shoes that give the foot room to breathe. Take a look at this article from the Wall Street Journal to learn more about how simple foot care can help cut diabetes costs. NOTE: You may need to be a WSJ subscriber to view this article in its entirety.

Visit our Resource page to learn more about diabetes, or contact us for information on diabetes care as well as the benefits of in-home care for individuals with diabetes.