Video Review: Gravity Defyer Extora

Check out our new video review video featuring the Gravity Defyer Extora. It was created, produced, and features a key member of our team. If you’d like to see more videos like this, let us know. We’re adding products weekly and often times, feature them based on customer popularity.

New Slippers On The Site – Orthaheel Gemma

We have some great new slippers to showcase that are new on the website. The footwear comes from Orthaheel Orthoheel is the old name for the new company, Vionic. The great thing about these guys, is this excerpt from their own brand website:

“Shoes should make your feet feel great and look good doing it. That’s why we build every style starting with tried and true foundation – a contoured footbed with revolutionary Orthaheel technology.”

One great pair of footwear is the Orthaheel Slippers Womens Gemma. We have one pair in zebra colored and another in leopard. Aside from being fun, playful colors, these supportive slippers for women have an open back design allowing the foot to easily slide in; hook-and-loop strap on the lateral side offers an adjustable fit. Take a look and check them out for yourself today.

Most Expensive Place In The World to Have Diabetes

For some, diabetes is a way of life. It takes adjustments, and some coping. There is a way to make life easier, and manage diabetes. For others, awareness is the key to prevention. Did you know that in the United States, it costs $283,000 on average to have type 2 diabetes? This is according to a study published in PharmacoEconomics, and an article posted on Time.com.

“Diabetes affects over 380 million people worldwide, the researchers say. That number is expected to balloon to 592 million people by 2035.”

For more on the article, check it out on the Time.com website. There is some more information on the study, as well as some infographics to help data consumption.

Spring is Around The Corner

Who’s enjoying the warmer weather? Okay, so it may not seem warm for all of us, especially those still in parts of the North East, or even Midwest, but we have to be fair and notice that the temperatures have risen a bit in the past few weeks. It’s getting to be the time when baseball is in full swing for all home teams, not just Florida and Arizona, the Spring Training destinations. Walks with dogs will be longer, jogs will be more enjoyable, and flowers and trees will be in bloom. Spring is the perfect time to lengthen your walk outdoors. A simple 15-20 minute stroll after dinner will do great things for your heart, and for your health. If you can’t do it yet because it is still a bit nippy, get your walking shoes ready, because the Spring season is just around the corner. In the meantime, make sure you’re making the right decisions with eating, and do your past to stay active indoors with simple squats and stretching.

Study Links Sleep Loss to Diabetes

Are you getting enough sleep? Sure, life catch up to all of us, but we need to make a commitment to our health. Aside from all of the benefits of a proper night of rest, you can add “diabetes prevention” to the list. According to a recent news article in two sleep scenarios:

“In one, they got a full night’s sleep — about eight hours a night — for four nights. In the other, they only got slightly more than four hours of sleep a night, according to the researchers.
After a few consecutive nights of getting too little sleep, the men’s blood levels of fatty acids increased and stayed high for about five hours in the early morning hours. These levels usually peak and then drop overnight.

As long as fatty acid levels remained high, the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugar levels was impaired, according to the study.”

It is a great read. Check it out, and afterwards, hit the sack and catch some Z’s.

Foot Problems Associated with Diabetes

For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, having too much sugar, or glucose in their blood can lead to many serious and long-term complications. Uncontrolled situations can lead to risk of nearly every organ in the body, including the heart and blood vessels, the nerves, the gums and teeth, the kidneys, and the eyes. As the body begins to shut down, an individual’s lower extremities are largely at risk because of the length of blood flow required to travel throughout the veins.

This leads to sensory diabetic neuropathy, which is a lack of feeling one may experience with damaged nerves preventing an individual to not feel cold, heat, or even pain. You can imagine the complications if a cut occurs on the foot, and the individual doesn’t even realize that it is there. The nerve damage in a foot can also lead to foot ulcers.

So is there anything that we can do about it? Absolutely! Proper foot care and awareness is of utmost importance to not only control issues, but also, to prevent them. Important habits to develop are: thoroughly wash your feet everyday with mild soap and tepid water, wear proper fitting orthopedic shoes for women and men, and set regular appointments with your doctor for a checkup on your feet. We’ll get into more of these items in detail below.

Washing and drying your feet: Make sure that you wash your feet in warm water every day, with a mild soap. Don’t test the temperature of the water with your hands or feet. Use your elbow instead, because nerve damage can affect sensation in your hands, too. Do not soak your feet. Don’t forget to thoroughly dry your feet well, even between the toes.

Orthopedic shoes for both men and women are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special therapeutic shoe inserts. The shoes should provide an individual with good air circulation. Make sure that the shoe’s toe box is high and durable. The shoe should also be lightweight and seamless to prevent any irritation like calluses, infection or blisters.

Set some time aside to check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, or calluses. If you experience any of these issues, be sure to tell your doctor about them during your regular visit. If you notice anything in between your office discussions, and the situation gets worse, contact your doctor right away. Follow your health care provider’s advice regarding nutrition, exercise, and medication. Keep your blood sugar level within the range recommended by your doctor.

It is going to take some diligence and a lot of effort, but the payoff will be well worth it with the increased quality of life.

College Students with Diabetes

Living with diabetes isn’t easy no matter how you look at it. Regardless of age or gender, there are plenty of additional considerations that people need to think about. The same can be said about students in college. Education after high school is an important part of a young person’s life, and so much development occurs during this time. But can you recall how hesitant young adults can be at this point in their life? Fitting in and making friends, all while doing well in school can take a significant emotional toll on a person.

Now, add those two things together, and…wow. Imagine being in college, with diabetes. Well, for thousands of students out there, they don’t need to imagine it, because they’re living it. That’s why we love this article. It’s titled “Support for college students with diabetes” and is a great read. It does a great job in pushing to raise awareness.

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