Let’s assume, for a moment, that you have dined at an exclusive restaurant. The food, as all the reviews stated, was nothing less than heavenly. Of course, as many had forewarned, it was wise not to over indulge, as the desserts are considered, by many, to be far superior to the main entrees.
So, heeding the word to the wise, you do enjoy the dinner but manage to “leave a little extra space” for the dessert. The waiter asks if you would like to see the Viennese table. As he wheels over the cart, your mouth salivates in anticipation of the delectable morsels that surely await you.
Absurd scenario, correct? For dessert, you desire truffles, cakes, pies, tortes; in short, you crave something sweet.
Is there a particular reason for these cravings? Most studies have concluded that our desire for sweets is due to conditioning. We have trained ourselves, or have been trained, to ingest sweets after meals. And, the repetition of this ritual has conditioned our bodies to need that sugar fix.
A simple proof would be the boiled potatoes scenario. If you were served potatoes as a side dish, that would be highly acceptable. But, if these same spuds were dished up as dessert, you would most likely become angry and, in the absence of any sweet dessert, you would become irritable and edgy. Without realizing, you need that sugar.
Our mind is a powerful master. Unfortunately, it does not always have our best interests at heart. With no way to burn more sugar than the body naturally needs, the body stores it as fat. Fat leads to obesity, and obesity, amongst other perils, often leads to diabetes.
America – land of the free and the home of the diabetics. Approximately 26 million adults and children in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. This figure represents more than 8% of the total population. Based on current lifestyles and samples of blood tests, another 79 million people are in the pre-diabetic stage. In other words, if they continue their current lifestyle, including poor eating habits, they, too, will soon join the ranks of America’s diabetics.
Diabetes is deadly. It slowly destroys the human body. In early stages, it is likely to cause permanent damage to the blood vessels in the feet, causing a loss of feeling, as well as an inability for the blood vessels to function. Should an infection occur (due to lack of topical treatment to a wound that goes unnoticed because of a lack of feeling), the blood vessels will be unable to transport antibiotics to treat the infection.
Diabetics must take special precautions to protect their feet and prevent infections. Diabetic Socks by Jobst and Juzo are an excellent mode of prevention. These special socks are made from special material that keeps the feet dry and prevents pooling of perspiration that could attract bacteria. The seamless design also prevents perspiration build-up, as well as possible chafing. The tops are non-constricting to allow maximum blood flow to the feet. And the extra thick fabric provides additional comfort, as well as preventing blisters.
Watch your diet, reduce your sugar intake, and exercise regularly. If you are at risk of developing diabetes, see your doctor regularly. And, take car of your feet with compression stockings.