The entire month of November is used to recognize diabetes on a national scale, by way of National Diabetes Awareness Month. Today, November 14, marks a day globally known as World Diabetes Day; it is a day dedicated to raising awareness for diabetes and the people who live with it all around the world. This day, November 14, was chosen in honor of Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin alongside Charles H. Best. The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be a platform that promotes diabetes advocacy and the importance of taking actions to confront diabetes as a global health issue. This year, the theme is “Women and Diabetes: Our Right to a Healthy Future”. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), “gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.”
The 2017 campaign is all about promoting the importance of affordable and equitable access of medicine, technologies, and self-management education and information for all women with or at risk for diabetes. The IDF tells us that 1 in 10 women are living with diabetes, and as a result of socioeconomic conditions, many do not have access to the necessary education, treatment, and care. Discrimination and stigmatism that comes with a diabetes diagnosis is more pronounced for women, who already face inequalities when it comes to healthcare, and these inequalities can often discourage girls and women from seeking a diagnosis and treatment for their diabetes. This makes achieving positive health outcomes difficult, if not outright impossible.
In the meantime, life with diabetes for women is not without hope. While spreading awareness and access still is in progress, there are things that anyone with diabetes can do to make sure they are on the right track to a healthy life.
Make sure you are minding what you are putting into your body, and plan ahead! Know what your body can and cannot tolerate, and listen to what your body is trying to say. If you aren’t feeling well, odds are, your body is feeling poorly and is trying to tell you something.
Being active is good for everyone, but especially for those with diabetes. It helps your heart and lungs work, and gives you energy. Those with diabetes often have circulation problems that can cause edema (swelling). Exercise keeps the blood moving and circulating, and can, if not prevent, at least reduce these problems.
Circulation problems that cause swelling in the feet, legs, and ankles can arise in those with diabetes. While diabetics should be cautious about using higher compression, new research shows that mild graduated compression can keep the legs and feet healthy in diabetic individuals by reducing symptoms of swelling, tired and achy legs, and spider and varicose veins. Consult your doctor to find out which level of compression would be most beneficial for you.
Be proactive about taking your diabetes medications, whether that means you take insulin or other medications that help lower blood sugar. Your body is trying its best to care for you, but unfortunately, sometimes its best isn’t enough, so you need to do your part to give yourself a fighting chance at a healthy life.
For those with diabetes, blood sugar is the leading factor in how healthy you are, and by monitoring your blood sugar, you will be able to tell how well your diabetes is being managed; this will tell you whether you have too little or too much sugar in your diet. Your doctor may need to change your exercise, eating, and/or medicine plans depending on where you are at with the sugar in your blood, so being aware of your sugar content is one of the most useful things you can do in diabetes management.
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We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.
If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.
Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.