Diabetes affects people across all socio-economic and ethnic groups. And being rich and famous doesn’t have any bearing on treatment either – it still requires the person to eat well, and regularly perform their blood sugar tests. Below, several well-known names talk about diabetes and how they manage it around their busy lives.
As advances in scientific research discover more about the workings of the condition, it gives hope to diabetes sufferers worldwide that one day there may be a ‘cure’.
Below, we look at the latest information and research, to assess how far away that day may be, and how to cope in the interim
Christmas is a time for food, drink and celebrations. However, Christmas food and drink often contains high levels of sugar and fat, which can make controlling your diabetes difficult. Diabetes doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favourite Christmas foods. By making sensible choices and making sure you exercise, you can enjoy all that Christmas has to offer.
If you drink, it is likely that you will consume more alcohol than usual at Christmas. Alcohol usually contains high levels of sugar. No matter how freely the wines and beers are flowing, you should take care to avoid overindulgence. You should have a glass of water for every glass of alcohol, and avoid drinking on an empty stomach.
Dry skin is a common problem for those with diabetes – an estimated 80% of diabetics suffer from skin problems resulting from high blood sugar levels. This is due to the skin’s reduced ability to store moisture. The most prevalent cases of dry and chapped skin are those on the legs and feet. Symptoms can range from dryness to cracks, foot fungus, skin infection and ulceration. Without treatment, it can weaken the protective barrier of the skin and cause complications (i.e. progressing to foot amputation), so treatment is important.
Last month, GlucoRx joined forces with Allpresan and added the revolutionary foam creams to our extended range of products. GlucoRx Sales Director ‘Chris Chapman’ gave his input on why he feels it will be a productive move for the future – “It’s a great product we would like to bring into the GlucoRx family, and we would like all those with Diabetes to have healthy feet.”