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Skin Care Tips For Diabetics

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For people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, taking care of their skin during the hot months is an important matter. Here is the second part of a two-part series on the best care of your skin...

Check your medication. Believe it or not, some medications, even those that aren't prescribed for managing Type 2 diabetes are known for causing an increased sensitivity to sunlight. Make sure you check with your doctor or your pharmacist before exposing yourself to direct sunlight. Not knowing could cause you to become burned at a much faster rate and at increased severity.

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For those who rely on insulin pumps to deliver their insulin dosages it is highly recommended the individual clean and prep a new site before venturing outdoors into the blistering sun. Higher temperatures will inevitably create more perspiration; failing to secure the site could allow the needle to slip loose.

It might also be necessary to utilize a stronger adhesive than is commonly used on dry skin under normal temperatures.

If your summertime activities involve yard work or something else where you will be wearing shoes, you have to make sure...

  • your feet are clean,
  • that you change your socks regularly. and
  • wash your feet after your work to discourage bacterial growth.

First, is cleanliness. Feet can harbor bacteria and fungus very quickly... especially in the summer. Washing your feet regularly is important after they have been enclosed in footwear in the heat. Even rinsing them off with a garden hose before coming in will give them a fresh head start until it's shower time.

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Second, is sock maintenance. Part of maintaining clean skin on your feet has to do with socks...

  • socks should always be worn with shoes during summer.
  • socks should also be changed out every single day.

Even the kind of socks you wear is important. Always go with 100 percent cotton for its ability to breathe. If socks develop holes from wear, especially around areas that could create blisters, throw them out.

The last bit of advice is to catch all sunburn early. When skin burns, it cracks and peels. But when it peels off, the underside offers less protection for the body. Plus, the new exposed layer is much more sensitive and can develop infection through cuts much more easily. If you peel, keep lotion on the damaged area so it will not dry out even more and risk splitting open.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. Now is the time to take control of the disease... and take back your health. Looking after your body means you can prevent many diabetic complications.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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