Diabetes & associated skin conditions

Your skin is the first line of defense. Healthy, intact skin protects bacteria from entering your body. Persons with diabetes should be especially protective of their skin, as elevated blood sugars can lead to dehydration and may cause excessively dry skin. This dry skin, if left untreated, may result in cracks, cuts, or tears in the skin, raising the risk of infection. Skin care should include a daily inspection of your feet, checking areas that are prone to get sweaty and damp on a daily basis. Showers should be lukewarm in temperature, as excessively hot water tends to dry skin out. Daily moisturizer should be used to prevent areas from becoming cracked/cut/torn (but avoid putting lotion

The rising costs of diabetes medications.

After being approached this past month by several people voicing concerns about their diabetes related medication costs, I decided to dedicate this month’s column to some great cost savings ideas. Although not every suggestion will apply to everyone, hopefully you will find some ideas applicable to your needs. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes spend an average of $8,000 a year on diabetes-related medical care and supplies. Depending of insurance coverage and health conditions, that price tag could be much higher. Persons with diabetes are often faced with financial dilemmas, trying to balance the budget, meet other household obligations, and caring for a gr

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