Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is in full force right now, with plenty of things going on. While you’re traveling and enjoying the good company of family and friends, it’s important to stay safe during all of the festivities. Whether you’re grilling or enjoying a meal out, remember to make smart decisions for your health.

We talk a lot about doing the right thing to improve your health on this blog. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about remembering what Memorial Day is all about. Sure, it’s the unofficial start to summer and all of the weekend events include parties and gatherings, but let’s remember what the weekend is all about; honoring those who have served this great country of ours. This day represents a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died in service of the United States of America. This Forbes article sums it up best and talks about what we can do to show our respect:

“Beyond that one moment at 3pm, how can we honor the true significance of Memorial Day? The Memorial Day Foundation, an organization formed to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day, recommends a few gestures of respect:

Wear a Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.
Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
Attend religious services of your choice.
Visit memorials.
Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

It’s also important that we impart the true meaning of this holiday to our children, so that they grow up understanding that Memorial Day is not about our own pleasure but about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

So from all of us here at the Diabetic Shoes HuB, thank you to the men, women, and their families for their sacrifice.

Cinco De Mayo for Diabetics

Another holiday is right around the corner. Cinco De Mayo is coming up on Tuesday, the fifth of may of course. An easy meal option for the family that night, is Mexican cuisine. You can do a taco bar, with a make-your-own taco and/or burrito. You can use black beans, brown rice, and vegan cheese. If you have the time, you can also grill up some chicken for flavor. You already get plenty of protein with the beans, so the chicken is a nice addition.

Enjoy yourself, and have a happy Cinco De Mayo!

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.


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