Today's Tip: How can I increase blood flow to my feet?

Try wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles for a few minutes every day to promote blood flow to your feet.

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Yesterday's Tip: My foot ulcer has healed. Is it still necessary to see my podiatrist (foot doctor)?

Regular follow-up examinations for people with diabetic ulcers are an important part of treatment; even after they have healed, approximately 30% of ulcers recur.

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August 18, 2017: Might a topical disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide help my foot ulcer heal?

Putting topical disinfectants such as iodine, acetic acid, or hydrogen peroxide on a foot or leg ulcer may actually impair wound healing. Do not add any steps to wound treatment that are not part of the plan developed with your health-care provider.

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August 17, 2017: How can I maintain the health of my feet if I have peripheral neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease?

People with peripheral neuropathy or with peripheral vascular disease, especially if they have limited joint mobility in the foot or a foot deformity, should check their feet regularly and carefully and should change their shoes midway through each day to reduce the risk of foot irritation.

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August 16, 2017: What are some signs of peripheral vascular disease?

Signs of peripheral vascular disease include leg pain that occurs only during activity, pain in the foot even while it is at rest, loss of hair on the lower legs and feet, skin that appears tight and shiny on the affected area, and reduced size of foot muscles.

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August 15, 2017: How can I avoid ever having a low blood glucose level?

Avoiding all episodes of hypoglycemia may be impossible for many people, especially since maintaining tight blood glucose control brings with it a higher risk of hypoglycemia. However, although hypoglycemia can, at times, be unpleasant, don’t risk your health by allowing your blood glucose levels to run higher than recommended to avoid it.

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August 14, 2017: I experience symptoms of hypoglycemia even when my blood glucose levels are in range. Why might this be?

People who have had chronically high blood glucose levels for a long time may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood glucose level drops to a more normal range.

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August 13, 2017: What are some causes of hypoglycemia?

In people who take insulin or a drug that spurs the pancreas to release more insulin, not eating enough food at the times the insulin or drug is working can cause hypoglycemia. Physical activity and exercise also lower blood glucose level and can contribute to hypoglycemia if not planned for properly.

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August 12, 2017: What is considered to be a low blood glucose level?

For most people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of 70 mg/dl or less is considered low, and treatment is recommended to prevent it from dropping even lower. If you have symptoms of hypoglycemia and do not have your blood glucose meter available, treatment is recommended.

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August 11, 2017: How can I guard against nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease)?

Nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease) is the most common cause of kidney failure in the United States and the greatest threat to life in adults with Type 1 diabetes. It is essential that people with diabetes undergo an annual test for the presence of microalbuminuria, the spilling of small amounts of the protein albumin into the urine, which indicates kidney damage.

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