In the UK alone, there are approximately 2.9 million people who are directly affected by diabetes, with around 850,000 cases of the disease going undetected. With around 5% of the UK’s 63 million strong population suffering from diabetes, the need for products which can help diabetes sufferers is more than clear.
From specialist researchers, top everyday product manufactures to clothing companies, more and more companies are releasing products specifically designed for diabetics. Even phone app developers are getting in on the act.
Clothing companies have been creating specialist clothing for diabetes sufferers for a while now. Advancements have come a long way in the past decade, with a various new types of diabetic clothing released on a regular basis.
Some of the most popular clothing items designed to help individuals suffering from diabetes include:
Shoes – Specially designed diabetic shoes can help accommodate varying degrees of foot swelling, which diabetics often suffer from.
Socks – Diabetic socks are designed so that they aren’t restrictive around the foot, helping improve blood flow around the feet. Diabetic socks also control moisture which can help reduce risk of foot infection.
Slippers – Slippers designed for diabetics are excellent for those suffering from swollen feet, which is a common problem for diabetics.
Arm & Leg Protectors – Specially designed arm and leg protectors help prevent skin tears which can be the source of infections. The protectors can also help keep the limbs warm which can help promote improved circulation.
Whilst diabetic clothing can help alleviate pain and can keep individuals comfortable, they most certainly do not cure diabetes. In fact, there is no actual cure for diabetes. That being said, ensuring that prescription medication is taken, and lifestyle changes are made real differences can be seen in those suffering from the illness.
Increasing the amount of exercise can help reduce symptoms and side effects of diabetes. The NHS note that adults with diabetes should be completing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week. Moderate intensity exercise can be defined as exercise which raises heart rate and makes a person sweat. Even activities such as jogging or power walking can help sufferer’s symptoms. Diabetes is often caused from a poor diet which includes high intakes of sugar, fat and cholesterol. Sufferers should ensure that they are eating healthy foods such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and low GI carbohydrates, including wholemeal bread, and sweet potatoes.
Click on our accompanying infographic from HJ Hall; leading sock manufacturers who offer specialist diabetic socks that can help improve the health and comfort of your feet.