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Enjoy Your Summer Parties with these Diabetic-Friendly Dip & Salsa Recipes

Summer is the main time of year when people enjoy getting together with family and friends. For those with diabetes, however, it often means being around a variety of tempting foods that can wreak havoc with blood sugar levels. On those occasions, it may be a good idea to prepare a couple of diabetic friendly dishes to take with you or have on hand at your own party. Following are a couple of easy and delicious diabetic recipes you will enjoy:

CRAB DIP

  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) block low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tblsp. chopped green onion
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • 2 Tblsp. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Meanwhile, combine first 9 ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, and onion in a large bowl. Fold in crab. Coat an 11×7 baking dish with cooking spray and add the crab mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Bake at 375° for 15 more minutes or until a light golden color. Serve over Melba toast or pita chips.

ORANGE & AVOCADO SALSA

  • 3 cups orange sections, chopped (approx. 4 oranges)
  • 2  1/2 cups pink grapefruit sections, chopped (approx. 2 lg grapefruits)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 Tblsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tblsp. minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 diced peeled avocado

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently. Serve with tortilla chips. NOTE: If making ahead of time, omit the avocado and cilantro until just before serving.

This salsa can also zest up grilled, baked or broiled fish or chicken breasts.  Just spoon over top and serve!

Check our blog for more healthy food tips and recipes, and contact us for all your medical supply needs.

Grow Diabetic-friendly Foods in Your Own Sprout Garden

Warm weather hints at summer picnics with fresh, crisp salads and cool lemonades.  Many people head outside and make their outdoor spaces tidy and welcoming.  Maybe you’ve considered gardening this year, but you worry about the time, effort, and space involved.  No matter what your situation might be, you have time and room for a sprout garden.

What is sprouting?

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There are several types of sprouting in health circles.  Some people begin sprouting grains like wheat and rice and then grind or mash them to create healthier versions of flour.  Sprouted flours are considerably easier to digest for people because a layer of anti-nutrients is removed in the sprouting process. Continue reading

Diabetic Recipes: 8 Pancake Toppings

When you are watching your insulin levels, some typical breakfast foods are off limits.  Eggs and bacon can become tiresome, but sugar-free syrup leaves you wishing for something better for your pancakes and waffles.

Here are 8 yummy pancake toppings for diabetics:

1.  Fresh berries:  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all great choices.  With their low glycemic impact, they are perfect year-round, either fresh and sliced or frozen and crushed into a sauce.

2.  Nuts:  Chopped walnuts, pecans, and almonds are delicious sprinkled over pancakes.  They add texture that contrasts nicely with the soft pancakes.  You can also use nut butters like natural peanut butter or almond or cashew butters.  Nuts add protein and micronutrients along with a boost in flavor.

3. Homemade sugar-free chocolate chunks:  Sprinkle these on top of pancakes for a sweet treat!  One batch has 18.3 net carbs.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 16 packets stevia/erythritol blend (2/3 cup SEq) (TruVia or ZSweet)
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia (1/2 cup SEq)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Melt butter over medium-low heat in a small sauce pan.
  2. As the butter is melting, add the powdered stevia/erythritol blend.
  3. As soon as the butter is completely melted, add the liquid stevia. Whisk with a fork.
  4. Remove pan from the heat.  Add the cocoa powder and whisk well.
  5. To make the chunks line a 8 inch pan with parchment paper.   Spread out the mixture on the parchment paper. Let the chocolate semi-harden at room temperature. Then “cut” into small chunks with a table knife while the chocolate mixture is still soft. Leave chunks in pan, cover, and place in freezer to finish hardening.

4.  Sugar-free jams: Apricot preserves or Raspberry jam are an easy spread for pancakes.

5.  Yogurt:  Greek yogurt with Splenda or no-sugar-added jams mixed in is a cool topping for pancakes.  Mixing cinnamon into the yogurt is another refreshing option.

6.  Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce: 

Ingredients

  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2/3 Cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Over medium-high heat, mix coconut milk and coconut sugar in a small sauce pan.
  2. Stir with a whisk while you bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 25-35 minutes, depending on how thick you want the sauce.
  4. Cool and refrigerate until you are ready to use.  The sauce will thicken as it cools. Reheat before using.

You can make this sauce ahead of time and keep on hand to top pancakes or even sugar-free ice cream. One serving (1 tablespoon) has just 8.6 grams of sugar.

7.  Flavored Butters:  Try Strawberry Butter.  Just mash 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries.  Cook with 2 tablespoons Splenda or TruVia over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid evaporates.  Once the strawberries are cool, mix with 8 tablespoons of softened butter.  You can roll the flavored butter in wax paper and freeze to use later.

8.  Savory toppings:  Change up your breakfast by adding more unusual toppings like blue cheese, salsa, goat cheese, or chopped bacon bits.

With a variety of toppings on hand, your gourmet pancakes will be a delight.  For more diabetic recipes and for all your diabetic health supplies, contact us.  We are committed to helping you control your diabetes instead of letting it control you.

Soy lecithin as a diabetic food additive

Soy lecithin is one of the most common food additive there is, used as an emulsifier in a variety of processed foods. A diet blogger named Chris Kessler points out that this additive is controversial. Eating food with soy lecithin can be harmful for people with soy allegories, depending on how many proteins they contain. However, according to a blog called Live Strong, soy lecithin can have a benefit for people with diabetes as a diabetic food additive.

People with diabetes tend to have higher LDL (or bad) cholesterol compared to HDL (or good) cholesterol. As a result people with diabetes tend to die of heart attacks and strokes.

A great many claims are made of the cardiovascular health benefits of lecithin, which occurs naturally in a number of food products including soy beans. Lecithin is used to keep cholesterol solvent so that it does not stick to the artery walls on its way to being processed in the liver. This helps prevent high blood pressure, atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, and cardiovascular disease, all of which people with diabetes have a greater risk of.

Other research suggests that lecithin could help to increase sensitivity to insulin, thus a potential treatment for pre-diabetes. It also has a beneficial effect of the immune system, which would tend to benefit people with diabetes with impaired immunity.

While research is ongoing with a view of developing treatments using soy lecithin, the substance is readily available as a food supplement. Anyone contemplating taking soy lecithin or any other kind of food supplement should seek the advice of their physician.

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5 Diabetic Foods to Enjoy Around the Campfire with the Family

With the summer camping season staring us all in the face, there’s a good chance that diabetics everywhere will be gathering around campfires with their families. So in recognition of that, we wanted to highlight 5 diabetic foods to consider enjoying next to the fire:

1.) Diabetic S’mores

Why not treat yourself and other diabetic campers with some s’mores? Surprisingly, there are many companies that manufacture sugar-free marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate that would be appropriate for such occasions. Among them are LaNouba, Hershey’s, Amber Lyn Chocolates and Fifty50. Simply make them just like you would regular s’mores and enjoy.

2.) Sun Butter & Jam Mountain Pies

Sun butter mountain pies are another campfire treat to consider. They are made with pie irons, sugar-free jam, whole wheat bread, cooking spray and natural, no sugar added sunflower butter. Just spray the inside of the iron with the cooking spray. Then make sunflower butter and jam sandwiches with the whole wheat bread. Afterward, press the sandwiches into the pie iron and place it over top of the campfire’s flames until the sandwiches are toasted to perfection.

3.) Black Bean Salad and Tuna Packets

If you want something more substantial than a sugar-free treat or mountain pie, make black bean salad and tuna packets instead. To make the dish, create a foil packet out of tin foil. Next, fill it with single-serve pouch tuna and black bean salad. Then place the filled packets onto the campfire and let them stay there until they are warm. Once they are heated all the way through, remove the packets from the fire and eat up!

4.) Dutch Oven Turkey Chili

Dutch oven turkey chili would also make a great campfire meal for diabetics. It’s typically made with ground turkey breast, fresh vegetables, beans, diced tomatoes (no salt added) and seasonings. Be sure to brown the ground turkey and onions first. When you’re done, add the rest of the ingredients to the Dutch oven and let it simmer over the campfire until you are happy with its flavor.

5.) Turkey Sausage, Onions and Peppers

Lastly, you might want to cook turkey sausages over your campfire too. They’d taste fabulous on whole wheat rolls, topped with campfire roasted onions and peppers. You could even add a bit of no-salt tomato sauce to the sandwiches as well.

To learn more about camping with diabetes and great foods to make around the campfire, please contact us at (866) 622-4984. We ship first-rate, affordable diabetic supplies nationwide.

With Insulin Coolers, Diabetics Can Confidently Hit the Road in Their RVs

If you are suffering from diabetes and long to go camping with your RV this summer, take heart. There are insulin coolers on the market today that make taking an impromptu road trip as easy as making diabetic S’mores. The Medicool MediCooler Insulin Micro Refrigerator is one of them.

There’s a lot to love about this portable, heavy-duty insulin cooler. To begin with, taking it along ensures that you won’t have to take up valuable food storage space in your camper’s fridge or ice chest. On top of that, the insulin cooler weighs slightly over 2 pounds and is a mere 8″ x 5″ x 4″ in size. Thus, it will fit right into any size travel trailer, pop-up or motorhome with ease. Plus, it’s compatible with both 12V DC auto socket adapters and campground electricity. So you can use it while boondocking too.

Another thing that diabetic campers adore about this particular insulin cooler is its digital readout feature. The digital display is conveniently located on the portable insulin refrigerator’s front corner. Therefore, whether you store the unit on your camper’s countertop or within a shelving unit, you’ll be able to ensure that your insulin is at a safe temperature with merely a glance.

Speaking of temperature sensitive diabetic supplies, the insulin cooler is designed to hold both bottles and prefilled pens. Therefore, you may opt to bring along and chill 9 standard bottles of insulin at a time. If you decide to pack prefilled pens for your camping trip instead, you may expect the cooler to accommodate a total of three items that are up to ¾” inches in diameter and 6 inches in length.

To learn more about this insulin cooler and other warm weather camping supplies that are ideal for diabetics, please contact us at (866) 622-4984. If you act now, you may be able to take advantage of free shipping and have your insulin cooler in time for that upcoming, holiday camping trip.

5 Great Diabetic Supplies to Help Keep Your Tootsies Healthy This Summer

Summer can be hard on anyone’s feet. However, it can be especially brutal if you are dealing with diabetes. Thankfully, there are diabetic supplies on the market today that can help keep people’s tootsies healthy and feeling great throughout the warm days ahead. Here’s a look at five worth adding to your family’s summer shopping list:

1.) Moisture Barrier Antifungal Cream

Summer is prime time for the development of funky infections like athletes feet. So a bottle or tube of moisture barrier antifungal cream is definitely one item to consider adding to your summer shopping list. One product that works well is Coloplast Baza Moisture Barrier Antifungal Cream. Made with miconazole nitrate and zinc oxide, it may be used to protect the feet, as well as other areas of exposed skin, from fungal infections and warm weather related irritation.

2.) High SPF Sunscreen

Of course there is more to maintaining one’s feet than applying a bit of antifungal cream as needed. It’s also important to protect one’s tootsies from the sun and heat damage. That’s why adding high SPF sunscreen to your list is a great idea too. Consider applying it to both the tops and bottoms of your feet and the rest of your body as well.

3.) Foot Rejuvenating Cream

Next on our list is a container of DiabetiDerm Foot Rejuvenating Cream. Made with L-arginine HCL, it is designed to keep a person’s feet from drying out and cracking. In addition, it’s said to help alleviate summer related swelling, irritation and calluses.

4.) Diabetic Quarter Socks

If you plan on engaging in outdoor activities that require a good deal of walking, we’d suggest wearing well-fitting shoes and a pair of Ecosox Diabetic Bamboo Quarter Socks too. They are truly perfect for summer. Each pair has all of the features that you would expect from diabetic socks. In addition, they are absorbent, thermo-regulating, odor resistant and have built-in UV protection.

5.) Gentle Body Wash

Last on our must have list of summer diabetic supplies is a bottle of Aloe Vesta Body Wash & Shampoo. It’s no rinse formula makes is ideal for cleaning your feet at the beach, pool or other outdoor locations. Plus, you can use it on a daily basis inside the house as well.

To learn more about these great, summer-worthy diabetic supplies for keeping one’s tootsies in tip-top shape, please contact us at (866) 622-4984.

Delica® Lancing Device May Reduce Testing Discomfort for Sensitive Folks

If your lancing device has been causing you more pain than you care to admit, a change may be in order. In most instances, lancet related discomfort may be traced back to six, controllable elements. They are skin fixation, penetration depth, lancet vibrations, speed, lancet tip design and lancet surfacing. One product whose design takes all six of those elements into consideration is the OneTouch®Delica® Lancing Device.

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The OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device is sold through retailers like Diabetes Health Supplies and utilizes OneTouch® Delica® lancets. To date, the device comes with a choice of two different gauge options, 33 and 30. The 33 is the thinner of the two lancets. It features a superior, sharp end with a smooth surface and flawless gliding action. Thus, it penetrates the skin quickly and without friction. The device also enables the user to adjust the penetration depth as needed.

The other nice thing about the OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device is that its housing design includes foam padding and AGCS. Together, they help to ensure that the lancet does not move around erratically (i.e. vibrate) during use. So as you can see, all six pain-producing elements that we mentioned earlier are addressed the OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device’s design.

Using the OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device is a rather safe and straightforward affair too. One end of the device sports a cap designed for fingertip sampling. The other end features a depth indicator and wheel that may be set anywhere from one to seven. The center of the device, from forward to back, sports a release button, cocking control and ejection control buttons.

When it’s time to use the device, the cap gets removed and the lancet gets snapped into place. The cap then gets replaced while the lancet depth is adjusted. Afterward, the device is cocked and the cap end gets pressed against the skin while the user hits the release button. Once the release button has been hit, the lancet is deployed and the sample may be taken. The spent lancet may then be ejected with the aid of a lancet protective cover and the built-in ejection button.

To learn more about the OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device and how it may make your testing experience pain-free, please contact us at (866) 622-4984FREE. We offer an array of diabetes testing supplies at affordable prices and free shipping on select orders.

Get outside this summer and keep your insulin cool!

With the summer fast approaching many people are planning on outdoor excursions, whether it’s hiking on a trail, camping or just traveling to your favorite summer retreat.

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When you’re a person living with diabetes, there are many other things to consider. For example, if you inject insulin, the storage and temperature control of your insulin plays a vital part in planning your trip. Years ago when we first started Diabetes Health Supplies, we found a great product that helps keep your insulin cool on those hot days.

Since we first started offering FRIO insulin cooling wallets we have heard nothing but great feedback about how well they are made and how they have allowed customers to travel on their trips with less worry.

FRIO wallets come in an assortment of colors and sizes to fit your needs. You can read a review from an actual userhere and decide if this product is right for you.

TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meters are Perfect for Spring Travelers

Are you suffering from a bad case of spring wanderlust? If so, don’t let the thought of having to manage your diabetes on-the-go stop you from answering the call and enjoying the moment. There are ample diabetes supplies available today that make perfect additions to active lifestyles. The TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meter is one that we are comfortable recommending.

TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meters are ideal for travelers in a multitude of ways. To begin with, the no coding required, plasma calibrated meters are 1.70” x 1.46” x 0.89”. So they’ll fit inside of toiletry bags, pockets, tote bags, fanny packs, clutch purses and more. They can also be used on the forearm or fingertip, which makes it convenient to use in a variety of situations.

On top of that, the TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meters remain operational in temperature ranges of 50° to 104°F and RH ranges of 10 to 90%. They also require a single, non-rechargeable, 3V lithium battery to operate and can hold 99 test results at a time. Therefore, you won’t have to pack extra batteries or transfer results to another device for quite some time.

In addition to those fab features, the TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meters come with strip release buttons and can render results in 4 seconds or less. Furthermore, they’ll automatically shut-off after 2 minutes of inactivity. So you won’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of time taking care of business either.

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The other feature that makes TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meters awesome for travelers is that they do not require special lancets or calibration. However, you will want to have vials of TRUEtest™ Strips on hand. They tend to pair perfectly with the meter. To find out more about the TRUE2go® Blood Glucose Meter and other diabetes supplies suitable for globetrotters, please contact us. At Diabetes Health Supplies, we have all of the essentials families need to head outside and seize the day.

Why Choose the FastClix Lancet System?

Over the past decade, technological advances have made great strides in making living with diabetes easier. The new FastClix lancet system is one such way with its easy to use lancing device.

FastClix is simple and just what the name implies. Fast. With a preloaded drum filled with six lancets, it is a much more user friendly device than its predecessor, the Mulitclix. To change the drum you simply remove the black cap by pulling it straight off the pen, insert a new preloaded drum white end first until it clicks, and replace the cap. No need to handle small, individual lancets.

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Roche, the makers of FastClix, have taken away the need to cock the FastClix with each use as well, and have made it easier to rotate to a new lancet. You only have to push the white lever to one side and with a click it rotates. From there all you do is push your thumb down on the top button and the lancet lances your finger.

Another new feature not on the older generation Multiclix is the actual large, easy to read number counter showing remaining unused lancets in the drum. What’s more, the dial never goes to “0”, but stays at “1”, meaning when you are out and about and unable to load a new drum, you can reuse the last lancet as often as you need. Note it is recommended to use a new, sterile lancet with each stick for hygienic purposes. Needles do dull and bend and become less gentle as they are reused as well. However, in a pinch, you won’t be left in a bind with this system.

Maybe most importantly, the FastClix lancet system has been proven the least painful testing device on the market. With new technology Roche has minimized the side to side motion, making for a smooth skin entry, equaling less pain. The FastClix comes with eleven depth settings as well.

Please contact us at Diabetes Health Supplies for help with all of your diabetic health needs.

The Benefits of Adding Turmeric & Flax to Diabetic Foods

In November of 2012, the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition published a research article that outlined the benefits of turmeric for inhibiting the enzymes linked to type 2 diabetes. In this study, the volatile oils in turmeric were found to be more effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes than prescription medication.

Turmeric has a rich flavor and is one of the key components of curry spice. Turmeric tastes wonderful when added to diabetic foods such as steamed vegetables and whole-grain pastas, while curry is an excellent spice to add to low-fat chicken breast and fiber-rich bean dishes and soups

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In January of 2012, the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences published a research article that explored the powerful health benefits of flax, which included diabetes care. Flax was shown to significantly improve peak blood glucose levels and maintain blood-sugar control for those with diabetes. In addition, the study found that flax helps in heart disease prevention, cancer prevention, and hormone balancing.

Flax can be consumed in seed, oil, or ground form. Flax flour is an outstanding gluten-free substitute for traditional flour in diabetic recipes, while flax seed oil is perfect as a dietary supplement. Flax seed, on the other hand, serves as a great addition to many diabetic foods that can be easily added to salads, wraps, yogurt, and other dishes to add a slightly nutty flavor.

Remember that it’s very important to eat healthy foods, yet just as important to keep a close eye on your insulin levels to help fight against the serious side-effects of diabetes. By adding turmeric and flax to your diabetic diet and monitoring your health with diabetic supplies such as glucose meters and on-the-go SPIbelts, you will get a much better handle on diabetes. For more information about diabetic foods, supplements, products and essential supplies, contact us.

Diabetic Smoothie Recipes: The New Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast is one of the best times of the day to load up on fruit. Since fruit is the most easily digested of all the foods we eat, it doesn’t overtax the digestive system like many traditional breakfast foods that are high in protein and fat. For people with diabetes, though, it is important to consume some protein at each meal in order to slow down carbohydrate utilization and prevent spikes in blood sugar. Since many traditional breakfast foods – even many of the ones recommended for controlling diabetes – are high in calories and can damage your health in other ways, it’s good to lighten things up every once in a while with fresh or frozen fruit combinations that won’t spike your blood sugar.

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To help you get started, we’ve provided two diabetic smoothie recipes  which use nut butters and milk (dairy or soy) for added protein to keep your blood sugar in check all morning. Try these out and see what other tasty and satisfying smoothie combinations you can come up with!

Tropical fruit blast

  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ cup kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen mango, peeled and cut
  • into chunks
  • 1 whole banana, peeled
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dairy or soy milk

Add the first five ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. (With frozen mango, this may take a bit longer.) Slowly stream in milk from the top of the blender or food processor until all milk has been added.

Triple berry delight

  • 2 tbsp almond butter (or substitute peanut butter for a “PB&J” treat!)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries (if using frozen, cut into quarters)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 whole banana, peeled
  • 1 packet stevia (or 2-3 pitted dates)
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dairy or soy milk

Add the first seven ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. (With frozen fruit, this may take a bit longer than if some or all the fruit is fresh.) Slowly stream in milk from the top of the blender or food processor until all milk has been added.

Diabetes Health Supplies is committed to helping you manage your diabetes symptoms with diabetic recipe ideas as well as diabetes supplies and guidance on how use them. For more information, contact us.

Socks for People with Diabetes

Persons living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have to purchase certain products to help manage the disease, including glucometers and testing strips, lancet devices and even alcohol swabs. There are numerous other kinds of products that may be beneficial for the diabetic but are not considered “must haves”. One such item is diabetic socks.

Because many persons with diabetes have circulatory problems, diabetic socks are made without elastic so that they don’t bind and restrict blood flow. Most diabetic socks also control moisture to aid in the prevention of infections, and the toes are seamless to prevent pressure and blistering.

One type of diabetic sock is made by Ecosox using bamboo fiber fabric. Compared to cotton, this bamboo fabric is soft, warm, and odorless; it can also absorb 3-4 times more moisture than cotton.

While the Ecosox Diabetic Socks are non-binding, the company states that they are designed to stay up and do not slide down and bunch around the ankles. Another property of this brand is thermo-regulation: they keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer. Ecosox are made in several different colors.

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Another maker of diabetic socks is Sugar Free Sox, based in San Diego, California. Sugar Free Sox keeps the sock up with a “unique construction of materials”: the cotton in the sock shrinks in the wash and then expands and conforms to the leg with the aide of the spandex and nylon woven throughout the sock.

Like Ecosox, Sugar Free Sox come in a variety of colors; white may be best for persons with open wounds so that any drainage from the site can be easily seen. Sugar Sox promise to be the “most comfortable socks you’ve ever worn” or the company will refund your money.

Even if you’re not experiencing problems with your feel or legs, you might want to consider purchasing diabetic socks for the many benefits they provide. At a minimum, these socks will be far more comfortable than any others you’ve worn; that’s a big benefit in itself.

Diabetes Health Supplies carries both Ecosox and Sugar Free Sox, in addition to glucometers, test strips, insulin pump supplies and more. If you’d like to find out about our vast selection, please contact us.

Diabetic Foods: Buffalo Meat

If you are changing your diet such that you want to incorporate healthier foods, especially with respect to reducing nutritional risk factors for Type II diabetes, consider buffalo meat.

While many Americans consume meat raised from cattle, there has been a small, but growing movement to consume meat raised from buffalo.  Buffalo meat, especially that from grass-fed buffalo, is an excellent substitute for cattle meat.  Much of the cattle meat on the market is grain-fed instead of grass-fed, which reduces cattle meat’s nutritional value.

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Buffalo meat typically has less fat and calories, yet about the same amount of protein as cattle meat.  Also, buffalo meat has a relatively lower Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid ratio.  All of this helps to reduce nutritional risk factors for diabetes, and even obesity that contributes to the risk of diabetes.

As far as cooking buffalo meat, cuts of it are similar to cattle meat, though it has a darker red color (on account of buffalo meat not having streaks of fat in it like cattle meat does).  Buffalo meat will tend to cook faster than cattle meat because of its lower fat content, given fat acts as an insulator in slowing the cooking process.  Since buffalo meat does not really have fat to enhance its taste, you can of course add flavor to it by using spices.  Buffalo meat should be cooked slowly at a low temperature (around 275 degrees F).  This will help keep the meat from becoming tough, and help maintain its taste.

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