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07 May '15

National Diabetes Fact Sheet

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

*Among U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, had diabetes in 2010.

*About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes (type 1 or type 2) in the United States in 2010.

*About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States.

*In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose or hemoglobin A1c levels, 35% of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older had prediabetes (50% of adults aged 65 years or older). Applying this percentage to the entire

*U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older with prediabetes.

*Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower- limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

*Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

*Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.

 

23 Apr '15

10,000 STEPS A DAY

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

How many steps do you take each day? A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. However, recent guidelines suggest walking 10,000 steps per day. But why 10,000? The Japanese first started using the 10,000 steps a day number as part of a marketing campaign to help sell pedometers! Since that initial campaign, however, various studies have shown that 10,000 is a healthy number to aim for. In fact, the American Heart Association uses the 10,000 steps metric as a guideline to follow for improving health and decreasing risk of heart disease.

So how far is 10,000 steps? Based on the average stride, 10,000 steps is close to five miles. It is also a rough equivalent to the Surgeon General’s recommendation to participate in 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Such activity has been shown to result in: increased energy, lower BMI, reduced waist size, and less risk for heart disease and Type II diabetes.

If you cannot walk 10,000 steps today, do not be discouraged! Start at your current ability and increase the average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can average 10,000 steps per day.

Wearing a pedometer or a Fitbit is an easy way to track your steps each day. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record the number of steps daily and review the average at the end of one week. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day.

There are many ways to increase your daily steps.

  • Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
  • Walk the dog
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther from the store, or better yet, walk to the store
  • Window shop
  • Visit a neighbor
  • Work in the garden

Use your imagination! You’ll feel better and be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

10 Dec '14

Five Holiday Tips to Manage Your Diabetes

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

Want to enjoy the holidays and the food and still stay healthy?

These five tips can help keep you manage diabetes throughout the holidays

  • Remember the holidays are about spending time with family and friends, not food. Relax, visit, play games, or spend time together outdoors.
  • Stay Active- lack of physical activity is a main source of weight gain during the holidays. The holidays are busy, but set aside time each day for exercise and maintain your routine. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week, but it can be in increments as short as 10 minutes! Use the extra time off to play sports or games in the yard.
  • Enjoy the party, but don’t overdo it.  Eat slowly to enjoy the seasonal foods and try to limit carbohydrates to the same amount you would normally eat. If you want desert, skip another carbohydrate during the main course.
  • Drink in moderation- alcohol can add a significant amount of calories to your holiday intake. Try to limit consumption to 1-2 drinks and avoid mixers high in sugar and calories such as regular soda, margarita mix and juice.
  • Get Back on Track! Don’t feel that you’ve failed if you eat or drink more than planned. Enjoy the company and monitor your blood glucose levels, exercise extra, and get back on track the next day.
13 Nov '14

Diabetic Shoes Direct supports American Diabetes Association with donations throughout November

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Health & Wellness

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  In support of American Diabetes Month, DiabeticShoesDirect.com is delighted to announce that it will donate $10 for every pair of shoes purchased in November to the American Diabetes Association.  The donations will help to fund research, outreach programs, education and advocacy in order to fight diabetes and improve the quality of life for those suffering from the disease. 

"Complications from diabetes can have a profound impact on the quality of life for those suffering from the disease," said Heather Guttersohn, President of DiabeticShoesDirect.com. "American Diabetes Month is an important awareness campaign that helps to educate the public about the risks associated with diabetes.  This is why we support the American Diabetes Association and National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Our mission is to help protect diabetics from foot infections, ulcers and amputations through education and outstanding feet products. That is why it is important that we continue to offer the best selection of high quality women's diabetic shoes and men's diabetic shoes."

More than 26 million Americans are affected by diabetes, and more than one in 10 adults are projected to be diagnosed with diabetes by 2030.  It is imperative that research and education are supported in order to curb the epidemic.  DiabeticShoesDirect.com is dedicated to supporting the American Diabetes Association.  Please join us in the fight to stop diabetes and shop with us today.

02 Oct '14

Diabetic & Orthopedic Shoe Width A, B, C's

Posted by Diabetic Shoes Administrator in Diabetic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Orthopedic Shoes

Did you know that there is not only one shoe size? Shoe sizes can be confusing, as most stores only carry shoes in numerical sizes that correspond to the length of the shoes.  But some feet are wider than others, so anyone with wide feet is forced to move up a size.  Unfortunately, all this does is make the shoe longer and the shoe will most likely still have a narrow fit!

Let me introduce SHOE WIDTH! There are actually TWO corresponding sizes to a shoe which solves the too long, but too narrow dilemma. Additionally, certain foot conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, diabetes and edema, can be accommodated by wide sized shoes.

We understand that the shoe width system can be confusing- the various letters/numbers are not very intuitive. So we have put together a summary of common widths to help give you a better understanding of shoe width sizing. Widths are listed in ascending order from less wide to more wide ( i.e. 6E is wider than EEE, and size WWW is wider than WW).

 

Slim Feet Narrow Feet Medium Feet Wide Feet Extra Wide Feet
3A B D, M or R E EEE
2A N 2E 4E
A C W H
S WW
6E
  WWW

Narrow: Narrow shoes will accommodate feet that are thin, have high arches and have narrow heels.

Medium: The letters D, M and R all all used about "medium width shoes" or "standard width shoes"

Wide:  Wide shoes are ideal for those with wide feet, flat feet (flatter feet = wider sizes) or for wearers with certain foot problems such as hammertoes or bunions.

Extra Wide: Extra wide shoes are good for those who have wider feet or swollen feet due to certain conditions such as edema or diabetes.

For more details, visit our Width Sizing Chart.