How Diabetics can improve their circulation
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when your body cannot properly process glucose (sugar). The result is blood glucose levels that are too high. Diabetes puts you at high risk for conditions that affect your circulatory system
A recent study found the frequency of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes is more important than the duration. Exercising for just three minutes every 30 minutes showed more improvement in blood flow and blood vessel dilation than longer bouts of exercise (or no exercise at all). No matter when you exercise, aim for 30 minutes total, five days a week
Putting your feet up on a footrest can also help to prevent blood clots related to deep vein thrombosis, relieve pressure on the lower back, and decrease swelling and varicose veins. Using a footstool helps to improve circulation and relieve tired and aching muscles.
If you are below average height then you may find a footrest even more beneficial as many chairs and sofas will not allow your feet to reach your floor and put an unnecessary strain on your lower spine. When your legs are supported, blood flow and circulation increase, thus lowering the chances of leg pain, stiffness, and developing varicose veins or blood clots.
When a chair is too high for your feet to reach the floor then it may lead to crossing your legs as you are sitting. Sitting cross legged for more than 3 hours a day can lead to health problems such as lateral pelvic tilt, which occurs when one hip is higher than the other, shoulder inclination or neck problems.
People with diabetes can really benefit from footrests as they spend a lot of their day sitting down which can become uncomfortable. Diabetics are also at increased risk of blood clots and thrombosis which can be prevented with better circulation. Putting your feet up on a footstool can help to prevent blood clots in some cases.
Managing your blood sugar levels helps reduce the build-up of fatty deposits in blood vessels. Talk to your doctor about the best way to maintain your target level and take insulin and other diabetes medications as directed.
Diabetic socks put pressure on calves and feet. For people with diabetes, the compression keeps veins straight, improving blood flow to the feet and keeping feet warm. The socks come in a range of materials and pressure. Work with your doctor to find the right combination.