Health & Nutrition Health and Nutrition - February - Page 107

l Wash your feet daily, and dry l If you have diabetes... l l l l l When is heavy sweating a problem? Y our genes can determine whether you sweat a lot, but a sudden change in your regular sweating may suggest an underlying condition. The primary signal for perspiration originates in the brain in response to a temperature-related or emotional cue, and then is carried by the autonomic nervous system to the sweat glands in the skin. An overactive thyroid or other problems can make the body overheat. Injuries to the nervous system, such as diabetic neuropathy or a spinal cord injury, can trigger sweating in the area of the damaged nerves. Finally, chronic infections can trigger the body to suddenly sweat, but this is often associated with a fever. And if you take medication for diabetes, sweating could be a sign of low blood sugar levels. Speak with your doctor to review all your medications, especially those you have recently begun taking. them thoroughly, particularly in between your toes. Apply a moisturizing cream to the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes. Trim your toenails straight across. Wear socks and shoes whenever you’re on your feet. Avoid going barefoot. Make sure your shoes fit well, and check the insides for any defects that could injure your feet. If your feet feel cold, wear warm socks. Do not warm your feet with electric blankets, hot water bottles, or heating pads. Promote blood flow to your feet by elevating them when you’re sitting and not crossing your legs for extended periods. Move your toes and ankles up and down for five minutes, two to three times daily.