Type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 85% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Also startling, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. increased by 128% from 1988 to 2008. By the year 2050, as many as 1 in 3 American adults are projected to be diabetic if the present trend continues.
Taking Care of Skin
Taking care of skin is critical for diabetics. Compromised vasculature and oxidative stress that accompany diabetes can result in dry, cracked skin that does not get proper nourishment from blood vessels. Even small cracks in the skin can lead to infected sores and foot ulcers. For those who have neuropathy, it can be even worse because they don’t experience the normal warning signs of pain.
Diabetic Foot Care
Fortunately, there’s a guidebook entitled “Diabetes Foot Care Booklet” that can help diabetics take care of their skin and feet. This guidebook, written by a physician and reviewed and edited by a diabetes educator, includes useful information and advice to help diabetics avoid foot ulcers that can lead to serious complications including amputations.
Along with the guidebook, there are two excellent skin care products included in the Diabetes Foot Care Kit designed for convenient use to help nourish and protect diabetic skin. Silicone Barrier leaves a protective barrier for chapped or cracked skin. It contains a very sophisticated silicon complex that will remain effective after the skin is cleansed several times.
Maintaining Skin Hydration
Viniferamine® Clean N Moist is perfectly pH balanced to ensure that the most fragile skin is gently cleansed without causing irritation. Phytonutrients, organic shea butter, and other vital ingredients provide nourishment and revitalize skin. This single product cleanses, moisturizes, nourishes and protects skin. Both products include an advanced silicone complex to provide a “breathable” protective barrier for skin that also helps maintain skin hydration.
Many of the phytonutrients in these products have been shown to improve wound healing, including oleuropein, resveratrol, and green tea. Viniferamine® skin care product ingredients not only protect and nourish skin, they have been shown to decrease healing times by at least 50% including with glucose-impaired wound healing that can occur with diabetics.
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