Valentine’s Day – Sweetness for the diabetic in your life

The day for sweethearts is upon on us. St. Valentine, cupid, and a collection of other traditions have all influenced what has come to be the day for expressing love and affection to others. Hopefully, we all have taken the time to do a little something special for that special person or people in our lives.

While some may swear off the day, for those who use the day to remind that person in your life that they are loved, there are many ways to do so. Celebration of Valentine's Day frequently involves roses and chocolates, love notes and sweets. If that someone special in your life is living with diabetes, sweets & chocolates are definitely not the best option. Diabetes is the result of your body's inability to properly regulate the level of sugar in your blood. This lack of regulation means that the individual must more closely watch the food that their putting in their body. Things like chocolates and other sweets put a tremendous strain on a system that is already not working well. The spike in blood glucose that occurs with candy consumption can cause damage to the small nerves and vessels in your extremities, especially your feet. Keeping your blood sugars in the low 100's is the best thing you can do to keep your feet healthy and enjoy many Valentine's days to come.

This Valentine's Day we hope you opt out of the chocolates and sweets for your sweetheart. While not as convenient as presenting a box of chocolates, an evening stroll with your loved one has so many more memories, not to mention a few health benefits. Take this Valentine's Day to spend a little extra time with those you love.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!

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