Joslin Diabetes Center experts answer commonly asked questions about diabetes monitoring, treatment, self-care, meal planning and more.
Q: I've heard that people with diabetes shouldn't wear sandals or go barefoot. My feet are healthy, and I check them every day for cuts or redness. I live in the Southwest, where it's pretty hot most of the year. Do I really have to not wear sandals?
In general, people living with diabetes are advised to not wear sandals or go barefoot. People often don't realize that having diabetes puts them at higher risk for foot complications due to a combination of factors such as poor circulation, high blood glucose levels, and neuropathy (lessened nerve sensation and loss of feeling). Continue
Q: Type 2 diabetes runs in my family. I have it, and I worry that my 12-year-old son will get it, too. He's overweight and pretty inactive. Is there anything we can do to help him avoid getting it?
Indeed, diabetes can run in families, which means your son does have a higher risk of getting diabetes at some point later in life. The good news is that there are steps your child can take to reduce those risks, such as increasing physical activity and losing a moderate amount of weight. Continue
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