Diabetics and Hydration is very important in order to keep your feet in great shape. Do you know someone who is diabetic? I believe the majority of us do. In America there are over 34 million people with diabetes and over 88 million who are prediabetic. I have diabetes as do a few other members of my family.
Every time a diabetic goes to the doctor, he/she is asked how their feet and skin are. The reason doctors want to know this is because diabetic skin can become super dry due to high glucose levels.
Skin that is too dry can crack, itch, and get infected. This dry skin can often lead to skin ulcers. If a skin ulcer is not detected and treated it can become serious. Often these sores lead to amputation.
Diabetic Skin Care
Diabetes can come with challenges and people often put off tending to skin problems. However, it is important to remember that our skin is our largest organ. It is the barrier that protects our bodies from harm and disease.
So how can you keep from getting skin ulcers on your feet and legs? The answer is:
- Have them checked often.
- Use a good skin hydration cream.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Keep your feet clean, dry, and soft.
Feet Exfoliation can eliminate dead, dry skin. Exfoliation is most often recommended for cracked feet and heels.
To exfoliate your feet:
- Soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes.
- Use a loofah or pumice stone to gently scrub away the dry skin.
- Pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week, to start.
My foot after 3 weeks of using hydrating cream. I wash them with a scrub in the shower and then put hydrating cream on. In the evening, I put hydrating cream on before bed time. They are getting so much better.
Difficulties of Diabetics and Hydration
Dry and cracked heels are common in diabetes. Having dry and cracked heels can lead to diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage due to diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can cause your nerves to not properly manage moisture. This can lead to dryness and cracking, especially on the feet.
Other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:
- numbness in feet or hands
- pain in feet, legs, or hands
- foot calluses
- ankle weakness
Untreated skin can lead to the following:
- skin ulcer damage
- bacterial infections
- pain while walking or standing
Diabetes and hydration are important together in order to keep diabetic skin healthy. Cracked skin can be caused by being dry or irritated. This occurs once your skin has lost so much moisture that it will breakdown.
With the right hydration cream, having your feet and legs checked often, drinking plenty of water, and making sure your feet are always clean, and dry; you can keep your feet from cracking, getting ulcers and stay away from amputation.
Would you like to know what I am using to improve my dry and cracked diabetic feet. Connect with me and I will show you.
Everyone who goes out into the sun should use sunscreen. Why I say this is because melanoma is on the rise. While melanoma might seem harmless, it can be deadly if not treated early.
“Did you know that UV radiation can still damage skin even in the winter and on cloudy days?”
I know this as my husband had his first melanoma in August 2007. Mark had a mole but seemed to be growing. The doctor thought it was not melanoma but should come off just in case. Mark did not get the mole taken off until November 2007. Sadly, by then it had grown and spread into his lymph nodes.
In 2014 Mark had his second melanoma. He did not hesitate to have it removed and was lucky that it had not spread. He saw a dermatologist every 6 months and had more then 25 moles removed. These were all squamous cell carcinoma.
Mark fell on the ice in December 2019 and hurt his left rib. He did not think anything about it until the lump and pain returned in March 2020. After many tests it was determined that Mark had metastatic melanoma. The melanoma has spread to both ribs, left hip, lungs, lymph nodes and liver. Chemotherapy and radiation do not work for melanoma. We had to understand that metastatic melanoma was a death sentence. We do not know how long he has but we know it is not far off. He is trying IV immunotherapy and we will see next week how it is working.
The Truth about melanoma
This is a terrible story and I want to get the word out to prevent our younger generations from getting melanoma. Other then wearing protective clothing and staying indoors, the best thing we can do is wear sunscreen. You should use sunscreen with an SPF between 30-50. Any less than 30 and it is like putting baby oil on.
Hard to believe but many women but baby oil on their body and go outside for a tan. People think it is okay because they do not get a sunburn. That is not the problem. Melanoma can start by sitting outside uncovered or worse with baby oil. Just a little bump that we tend to ignore.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma rates are rising rapidly, especially in younger people. In fact, cases of melanoma have tripled in the last 30 years, at a time when cancer rates for other common cancers have declined.
The national statistics of melanoma
- An estimated 196,060 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2020.
- Of those, 95,710 cases will be noninvasive and confined to the top layer of skin.
- An estimated 100,350 cases will be invasive, penetrating into the skin’s second layer.
- An estimated 6,850 people (4,610 men and 2,240 women) will die of melanoma in the U.S. in 2020.
- About 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.
Information from https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma
Prevention of Melanoma
5 ways to help prevent melanoma
1. Check your skin for unusual moles.
2. Use Sunscreen at all time when outside.
3. Do not use Tanning beds.
4. Cover up and seek shade when available.
5. Check under your fingernails and toenails.
If you see any signs of melanoma or a mole that does not look regular, you need to make an appointment with your primary doctor.
ABCDE’s of Melanoma
How will you know if something seems irregular? Looking for moles should include knowing the ABCDE’s of cancer. The picture shows the difference of benign or malignant moles.
I could literally blog for hours on melanoma, but pretty sure we would all get bored. I have created The Melanoma facts sheet by state, gender, complexion, and age showing your chances of getting melanoma. With my fact sheet I will be giving away Marks favorite sunscreen to the first 10 people. Head on over to my WORK WITH page and sign up for your chance at free sunscreen and to find out your chances of melanoma.
Until then, have an awesome and blessed day!
I think it must be time for a facial. It is raining again. June and all we get is rain. Oh, do not get me wrong, I know we need the rain but day after day of no sunshine can get a girl down. Of course, these feel like winter rain storms and not summer.
So, what is the answer for a glumly day?
Well I say sit back and give yourself a spa day.
- Soak your feet
- manicure your hands
- give yourself a facial.
What can feel better than just sitting back and relaxing. In fact, I know I love relaxing and having facial time. What if their was a different mask for different parts of your face.
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