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The Definitive Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

The Definitive Guide to Traveling with Diabetes

If you are one of the many people who live with diabetes, you know just how important it is to take excellent care of your health. To stay well, your daily activities probably include everything from checking your blood sugar to carefully watching your diet. Even though you may have more wellness considerations than others, you can still live your life to the fullest. As long as you follow your doctor’s instructions and take your medications, you’re free to work, enjoy your favorite hobbies and, best of all—travel.  Whether you’re interested in taking a tropical vacation or are planning on visiting family, know that traveling with diabetes doesn’t have to be difficult. In this guide, we’ll tell you whom you...

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5 Tips to Improve Circulation in the Winter

When it’s cold outside, you may feel like it takes double the time to get moving. Swelling and stiffness can make your legs and feet uncomfortable in a season when all you want to do is sit back and relax. Instead of spending hours on the couch or staying in bed, there are things you can do to improve circulation in your legs this winter. In fact, a few simple activities can make your entire body feel much better. Try one or more of the following tips to enhance your wintertime routine. With just a few supplies and helpful hints, you’ll be on your way to feeling healthier and more energized. 1. Move Your Body When you sit or lie...

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5 Helpful Tips to Reduce Swelling in the Feet

Swollen feet occur for a variety of reasons. If you stand on your feet all day, you may notice discomfort and inflammation when you arrive home. Other common causes of swelling in the feet include a chronic health condition called lymphedema, as well as complications from diabetes, pregnancy and medication side effects. No matter the reasons for your symptoms, you want to feel better fast. How do you reduce swelling in the feet? While you work with your doctor to care for your health, try one of these helpful strategies. 1. Elevate Your Feet If you’re one of the many people who get inflammation in your feet throughout the day, try to keep them elevated as much as possible. When...

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Arthritis Pain Management in the Winter: The Definitive Guide

Arthritis Pain Management in the Winter: The Definitive Guide

Arthritis is a common condition that refers to inflammation of the joints. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. Women are more likely to get arthritis than men, and arthritis more commonly occurs among older adults, though it can develop at any age. Many people with arthritis experience more flare-ups during the winter months, due to a variety of factors. The cold temperatures and inclement weather can increase joint stiffness, and many people become less active in winter, which further exacerbates the situation. Combine that with indulgent eating and drinking over the holidays—which can worsen inflammation—and many find their joints aching constantly. But bad...

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Understanding Compression Sock Levels: Extra-Firm Compression Socks

We continue our series of compression level guides with a closer look at extra-firm compression socks. Discover what conditions extra-firm compression can help manage and who should talk to their doctor about wearing extra-firm compression. Then take a deep dive into three conditions that extra-firm compression is often used in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), severe lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). What is extra-firm compression? Extra-firm compression socks fall into the range of 30-40 mmHg. (mmHg—a.k.a. millimeters of mercury—is a unit of pressure used for compression socks, blood pressure levels and other medical scenarios). Extra-firm compression can help manage conditions such as: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) Moderate to severe lymphedema Moderate to severe...

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