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Christmas Gifts for the Diabetic in your Life

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While many of you have done most of your Christmas present shopping, the procrastinators among us may still be waiting for those last minute deals. It is during this busy time of year that we may overlook the things important to our health while we hustle and bustle about. All of the additional tasks around the holiday mean we are on our feet a little more than usual and it is important to give them the proper rest and care. If someone on your gift list is living with diabetes, here are a few easy gift ideas that will go a long way in helping them manage their condition:

ADA membership - The American Diabetes Association website is full of helpful information about living with diabetes. The association works with research in prevention or management in order to provide credible information and help deliver services to people living with this disease. A yearly membership provides the individual with a monthly copy of the organizations magazine and links them to a network of thousands of individuals living with the same issues they face every day. As there are many facets and challenges to living with diabetes, this gift can go a long way.

Slippers - Neuropathy, or loss of feeling sensation, often becomes a problem for diabetics. While the lack of pain may sound better than the alternative, the inability to feel injuries can cause many more health issues. Slippers are something every diabetic should wear around the house to avoid these problems. A comfortable, solid slipper will help protect the feet and prevent trauma.

These are just a couple quick and easy ideas that will help your loved one though out the year. Remember to take care of those feet and have a happy holiday season!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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