Mar 16, 2015 3:00 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


When you have diabetes, it seems like everyone tells you what foods to avoid. But what about foods you should eat? “Some foods are beneficial to eat because they help manage blood-sugar levels,” says Timothy Graham, MD, an endocrinologist at University of Utah Health.

“Certain foods, by their very nature, can limit how much sugar gets into the blood. While we all need carbohydrates, or foods that break down into sugar, we make choices about how we get our carbs. Foods that contain carbohydrates that break down into sugar more slowly or prevent sugar from being quickly absorbed are called ‘low-glycemic index foods.’ These foods are better choices for people who have diabetes.” Here are some examples of foods with these great features.

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Home Remedies

Warts

“Apply gray duct tape over the wart. Change it every four to five days or when the tape becomes loose. Twice a week, leave the duct tape off at night. Periodically file the wart down with an emery board. Try this treatment for up to two months to see if it is effective for you,” Summers says. Prevention tip: Wear flip-flops in public shower rooms, and avoid going barefoot.

Cold sores

“Keep the cold sore covered with petroleum jelly so it doesn’t become infected,” Summers says. Herbal remedies, such as sage and rhubarb cream or licorice root, have also been known to help. Prevention tip: “Since sun exposure is a trigger, use lip balm with sunscreen to help prevent future breakouts,” Summers suggests.

Sunburns

“Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, which soothe sunburns and provide relief for itchy skin,” Summers says. Grind 1 cup of oats in a blender, then sprinkle into a bathtub full of lukewarm water. Soak for 15 minutes. Use aloe vera and moisturizer a couple of times daily. Prevention tip: Limit sun exposure and use sunscreen.

Foot odor

“Antiperspirant and deodorant also work on your feet,” Summers says. “Apply deodorant to dry feet at night—not during the day.” Baking soda can also help neutralize stinky shoes. Sprinkle into your shoes and let sit overnight. Tap excess out in the morning before putting shoes on. Prevention tip: Wash feet and change socks regularly.

“You can try home remedies first, but if your condition is really uncomfortable or they don’t seem to be working, visit your doctor,” Summers says. “Medication and additional treatment options are available.” 

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