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View the Novo Nordisk Presents Divabetic - Makeover Your Diabetes video from the Atlanta event, Oct. 25, 2006 on Diabetes Health TV.
Hundreds of women affected by diabetes across the country are feeling great about themselves and learning to stay that way, thanks to an innovative diabetes outreach campaign presented by a world leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk. Called “Novo Nordisk Presents Divabetic—Makeover Your Diabetes,” the program combines personalized diabetes education with free salon and spa services in a crash course designed to help every woman’s “inner diva” take charge of her own and her family’s health.
The non-profit campaign, aimed at the 9 million women living with diabetes, addresses the overwhelming low rate of successful diabetes management in this country. Nearly 70 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes are not managing it successfully. Divabetic takes a much-needed new approach to education about the disease by taking it out of the clinical setting and into a fun and supportive environment.
Divabetic is a colorful, glamorous, and entertaining night of outreach for diabetic women and their guests, staffed with plus-size fashion experts, including Catherine Schuller, and diabetes educators who motivate the participants to feel great about themselves and improve how they and their loved ones live with diabetes. During the three-hour evening event, women living with diabetes are persuaded to share their success stories on stage as a means of encouraging others to stay healthy and upbeat about their care.
Following two well-received pilot events in 2006, the national launch on February 22 in New York will kick off a 2007 tour of Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Washington DC. Local certified diabetes educators and women affected by diabetes who wish to participate are encouraged to visit www.ChangingDiabetes-us.com to pre-register. For information from Divabetics’ own Web site, please log on to www.divabetic.org. And if you’d like to find out even more about this exciting phenomenon before it sweeps into a city near you, go to diabeteshealth.com/tv for a lively video, “Novo Nordisk Presents Divabetic - Makeover Your Diabetes”.
Glam More, Fear Less—Savvy Safe Pedicures
Tips from Joy Pape, RN BSN CDE WOCN CFCN
Be more glamorous from head to toe. Yes, we’re talking toes. Taking care of diabetes includes taking care of your feet. You don’t need to worry about foot problems if you know what to do. Regular pedicures aren’t recommended for people with diabetes, it’s true, because soaking, clipping, and possible contamination can cause problems. But safe pedicures that you do yourself, or with the help of your health care team and your salon, are just fine.
If you know the basics of foot care, you’ll know how to properly manage your pedicures. Visit www.ChangingDiabetes-us.com to learn about special care for your feet. Meanwhile, follow these guidelines.
Look at your feet every day
If you can’t see your feet, ask a loved one to look at them for you, or look at their reflection in a long-handled or full-length mirror. Looking at your feet every day ensures that you will notice any change right away. Report changes to your health care team immediately.
Soften your skin
Wash your feet every day. Use a pumice stone (non-metal) gently on your heels and hard dry areas daily. Use a moisturizer on your feet at least once a day, but not between your toes. Before going to bed, lather up with your lotion or cream and put on socks that fit.
Clip your own toenails, or have it done by your health care team
Clip them straight across, not too short, and file the edges. Medicare and most insurance plans will pay for a podiatrist to clip your nails.
Take care of your cuticles
Use cuticle oil on your cuticles rather than clipping them. You’ll be surprised at what a difference a little oil can make. If you must, use an orange stick to gently push back your cuticles.
Treat yourself to a polish
Pick out a delicious color and paint those tootsies! It’s perfectly all right for you to visit a salon and have your toes polished by a professional.
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