Diabetes Diet

Food For Diabetics

The 'D' in diabetes stands for destruction. It destroys the human body mechanism, part by part. It weakens the internal organs first, and obstructs their normal functioning. Then the visible destruction of the body parts begins.

A slow healing or non-healing sore or wound is a clear indication that something is very seriously wrong. A wound of this kind on the foot, when you are a diabetic patient, may end up in leg amputation. So, ulceration in the foot is to be taken very seriously, as one in four diabetic patients is likely to have amputation. What makes it more dangerous is the fact that over 25 % of the diabetic patients lack knowledge about ulcers. The ignorance may well prove lethal in the long run.

Once the ulcers reach the advanced stage, treating them becomes difficult. So, prevention is the best cure for diabetic ulcers. The risk is amputation, so take immediate steps to secure cure for even the minor rashes. They should not linger on, on your foot for long. In the individuals with poor blood circulation, the cure becomes further difficult because the body does not send enough blood to the foot, the sores remain unattended, and over a period, gangrene is likely to set in. So, it is very important for you to see podiatrist for checkups once in two months. Your ingrown nails, corns and callouses should not turn into sores resulting in a serious problem.

In case of diabetes, prevention is more important than cure. So, the following steps are suggested to help prevent diabetes foot complications:

1. If you have irritation in the foot, give it proper attention. Don't dismiss it even if it is minor. Check between your toes. Moist areas and red areas are to be given particular attention. Check out whether you have fungus, or white areas between your toes. Examine the bottom of your feet for any visible deformities.

2. Due to diabetic condition, there is already less or no sensation in your foot. If you walk barefoot, even within your own room, splinters and needles can puncture the foot that has no sensation. Also check the shoes, and the inside portion thoroughly, with your hands, and watch for the folds in your socks. These folds can lead to ulceration and infection!

3. After taking bath, dry your feet. Moisture between the toes means skin breaking down. If you have ulcers in between the toes, it is difficult to cure them.

The above points are only indicators. You need to have a practical approach and must always be on the alert. A small lapse on your part may lead to incurable complications.