What to use for VERY dry feet

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Daisy17
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/30/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I am new to the board. I am having alot of trouble finding a foot cream that actually works. The endo told me to try something with cocoa butter or shea butter. I have, but neither worked. I have tried Eucerin, Bert's Bees Coconut Cream, Lamisilk, Gold Bond, Vaseline, and am now using Aveeno with cocoa butter and shea butter. I will be really grateful to get some ideas.
Also, I have trouble finding things to eat for breakfast that don't jack up my bs numbers. My Ha1C is 9.8 at the last lab work. I really need to bring this number down. I eat around 600-700 calories a day. No bread or pasta. Cereal raises the count, too. If I don't have enough to eat in the morning, the glucophage tends to make me very nauseated.
I am not usually very hungry.
I was diagnosed 12 years ago. I am 62 years old. I use my recumbant bike 5 times a week and walk a bit, too. I am on 1000mg Glucophage, morning and night, 8mg of Amaryl at night, also Lipitor and Diovan. I take a 25mg ultra tab Benedryl at night to help me sleep. (been doing that for 12 years now)
Thanks in advance for any help!
Daisy17

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/30/2006 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Daisy,
Welcome to HealingWell. First the feet. Have you tried Alpha Keri? That's what we used in the nursing home where I worked and it was very good. It has lots of lanolin in it and for our patient's worst cases we used to put it on at night and then put loose fitting cotton socks on their feet. You may want to call a podiatrist's office near you and ask them what they recommend for dry diabetic feet. Also, be sure that if you shower you don't use any soap on your feet, just rinse them off with warm water.

Are you on a weight reduction diet? Your calorie content is extremely low and this may be what is throwing off your blood sugar. I would strongly recommend that you call your doctor's office and ask for some type of nutrition class. You should be consuming more calories than that each day. Blood sugar levels are not directly linked to how many calories you eat. It is more linked to the amount of glucose in the bloodstream either from food consumed or from fat that is being broken down to glucose for use.

I eat oatmeal with peanut butter in it for breakfast. The fat in the peanut butter slows down the absorption of the carbs from the oatmeal. This is a very heart healthy breakfast and fits well within my food plan. I believe you may need an overhaul on your food plan. Let us know what the doctor's office says, ok?
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Daisy17
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   Posted 10/31/2006 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie,
Thanks for answering! I have not tried Alpha Keri, will buy some after my eye exam Tuesday morning. Also, I didn't know about not using soap on my feet.

I was not told to eat so little-I just am not hungry. When I used to eat oatmeal for breakfast, my test two hours later would show a number over 200. I use 1/2 cup water with a 1/4 cup oatmeal. Never tried it with peanut butter...I do eat pb straight from the jar (a tblspn) along with my lunchtime salad or as a snack...sometimes as breakfast with a banana.

I have had nutrition counseling, but have always been told to eat many more carbs than seems to work for my numbers. I need to figure out how to lower my HA1c number. It was 7, several years ago. After the last lab work 2 weeks ago, it was 9.8(was 10.2 four months ago) I ought to mention that I have lots of stress, and I am working on lowering this. I do square breathing and other relaxation exercises, (I am a psychotheratpist, but don't always remember to let go of the tension!) and I know that I need to go to sleep at an earlier hour.

Can you tell me other food combinations to try?
I appreciate your help. And am glad that I discovered this board.
Ethel

gelchick
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   Posted 10/31/2006 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I am not a breakfast eater myself - but I am slowly adapting. I eat an apple or red raspberries, a container of low carb yogurt and 1/2 cup of Fiber One or All Bran cereal in the morning. This combo usually drops my AM sugar from about 110 to 85-90 - and it stays there until I go to bed- except for when I eat. I always seem to be higher in the AM no matter what I do- and I am always trying different tactics- but because my daytime numbers are so good, my A1c is also good. Good Luck with your meals:-) sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


Daisy17
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   Posted 10/31/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandy,
Thanks for writing. I'm always afraid of eating fruit--though I really crave it. When I had blueberries in the morning, my count would go up alot. Some mornings I have 24 mini wheat shredded wheat and skim milk. I'd love to have yogurt (or cottage cheese) but alas, I also have rosacea and those two foods are triggers. Am I having fun yet ? :)
I think I will give a 1/2 an apple a try tomorrow morning with the shredded wheat. (I'll test 2 hours later and see how it goes) What do you eat for lunch and dinner? When were you diagnosed?
Ethel

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/31/2006 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ethel,
I really think you need to either find a new doctor or get some new nutritional counseling. Your numbers are way out of whack for the calories you are consuming. Your meds appear to need adjustment or it may be time for some insulin to get them down. I have been on Lantus for about a year and a half and my morning numbers are running 80 to 110. Perhaps it's time for an endocrinologist who will be able to figure this puzzle out. Your present doctor doesn't seem too interested. Wish I could be more helpful but I don't think diet is the answer to what is going on here.

Hang in there girlfriend and we will be here for you but you are going to have to do the phone calling and ask for a referral to an endo. You should be able to eat fruit every day without fear and somebody has not been doing their job! (Jeannie walks away grumbling about inattentive doctors.)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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