Lesser-Known Diabetic Accessories
While most people are able to recognize such well-known diabetic accessories such as a blood-glucose meter or even an insulin syringe, those who live with the chronic illness are aware that these are not the only supplies for diabetes that exist. Because diabetes—both type one and type two—is a chronic disease that affects the way the entire body functions, there are a number of other diabetic supply needs that patients require. If you or a loved one are managing a lifestyle with diabetes, it can seem daunting to try and learn all of the things that may be needed as part of day to day life, particularly if you’re suffering from complications due to the disease. By learning more about some of the lesser-known but still common diabetic accessories available on the market, you can take some of the stress out of shopping.
Diabetic log books are an important component of everyday life for diabetics. While it can seem frustrating to record all of the details of your life—the meals and snacks you’ve eaten, the dosages of insulin or other medicines you’ve taken, your exercise and so on—it’s vital information. A diabetic log book is an important tool for you and your doctor to use to understand the ways in which your lifestyle is impacting your blood sugar control. Strict control of your blood sugar is the goal that your doctor likely has in mind for you, at least as an eventual destination; ups and downs in your blood sugar levels lead to complications. There are some apps that are available to help you track the same kinds of information that you would keep in a diabetes log book, but having a paper version is good for a number of reasons—if you lose your phone or if it’s damaged, for example.
Another product that many diabetics are familiar with but which is not necessarily familiar to non-diabetics are compression socks. Diabetic socks and compression socks or stockings are slightly different products, but they are both part of the larger category of diabetic foot care which is very important. Diabetic socks are designed to keep the feet as clean and dry as possible, as well as to be as smooth as possible. This is so that no irritation is done to the feet, which in diabetics are susceptible to injuries and infections. Compression stockings, ranging from size small to extra large compression stockings, are designed to improve the circulation in those patients who have poor blood flow to their legs and feet. These products are both available in a range of sizes that will give you whatever option you need.
Of course there are many more diabetic accessories that are available for the range of conditions and side-effects that patients with diabetes find themselves susceptible to. Supplies for diabetes as an industry is extremely competitive, and new innovations in materials and design give a variety of options to everyone looking for products to improve their lifestyle.