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Diabetic Complications and Frostbite

With much of the U.S. in the grip of harsh winter weather as December 2017 comes to a close, we're revisiting a post we originally published in 2013 about how having diabetes or prediabetes can increase the risk of frostbite. The risk was dramatically illustrated by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica due to the effects of frostbite. We wish all our readers a healthy, safe, and warm new year!

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Medipin® — to Detect Neuropathy

The pinprick or sharp sensation test is acknowledged and recommended by the ADA as a useful and sensitive method of testing for Loss Of Protective Sensation and predicting serious complications associated with diabetes. Medipin is a unique single use cutaneous pinprick testing device. Its patented precision technology has been designed to enhance patient pinprick sensation response.

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When There’s Water, Check the Shoes

People who have diabetes are usually taught to purchase protective soft leather shoes with a wide toe box. That doesn’t mean everybody who has diabetes follows those recommendations. A woman, type 2 diabetes, who is knowledgeable about diabetes and foot complications was wearing cloth shoes with a “corded” bottom and manmade rubber sole. She was caught in the rain. Her shoes were soaked.

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