Recently a blog about best diabetes blogs caught my eye. As your Seattle podiatrist I do my utmost to ensure that you receive the best care for your diabetic feet. But in addition to the care and information we provide, it’s great to be able to find information and support from others who are experts in the field of diabetes and are living with the disease on a daily basis. Although I haven’t read all of these blogs, I think it’s well worth the time to read about how others are managing their condition so that you can feel empowered as a person living with diabetes. Just make sure that if you read about something talk to your physician before making any changes to your care.
Diabetes Self-Management – Established in 1983, it’s written by health care providers and those with diabetes. Diabetes Self-Management is a highly awarded publication and website for those who want to know more about controlling and managing their diabetes.
Diabetes Mine - Covers topics as diverse as emotions and motivation, food, love and sex, and how to deal with the diabetes in the workplace; plus information on research and interviews with actors and athletes.
Diabetes Hands Foundation –The mission of this organization is to provide social support information, and a sense of belonging to people with diabetes and their loved ones, demonstrate that small changes can make a difference by asking folks to share their blood sugar levels at the Big Blue Test, and advocacy.
Diabetes Daily – This site has a blog specifically for Type II diabetics with information on food, diabetes management, and studies. Written by physicians and other diabetes writers both professional and those who have the disease.
Diabetes Sisters – Education and support for women of all ages with diabetes.
Also please remember to:
-inspect your feet on a daily basis
-cut your nails straight across and don’t cut too short; this will help you avoid ingrown toenails
-never trim corns or calluses yourself; this is a job for your podiatrist
-don’t walk barefoot; you could cut or scratch yourself and not know it if you have loss of sensation in your feet
-see your podiatrist on annual basis for a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) to ensure that your diabetes is not negatively impacting your feet.
If you have diabetes are and are not currently seeing a podiatrist, call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.