Looking after your feet in during the winter months

My name is Shirley and I am the Chiropodist (foot specialist) at the Markham Family Health Team. Looking after your feet is a very important part of diabetes care.

It’s the middle of winter. Skin care is very important as the weather is drier and colder. Just like you apply a moisturizer on your hands, you should remember to apply moisturizer to your feet at least once daily. By applying a moisturizer to your feet daily, you will help to prevent fissures (cracks or grooves) from occurring on your skin. This is especially important for people with diabetes to help prevent skin infections that can come from bacteria entering small breaks in your skin.

—Shirley Cheung, D.Ch.

Clothesline Campaign and a chance to WIN!

Looking to declutter? Or have clothes that don’t fit anymore (thanks to all the exercising you are doing:) Well here’s an opportunity to donate gently used clothing and also have a chance to WIN A VACATION!!!

Are you intrigued? If so, visit the CDAs website and follow the link:  http://www.diabetes.ca/how-you-can-help/clothesline

It will explain all the details of the campaign and how to schedule pick up/drop off.


Don’t wait, deadline is March 31st, 2015!


Sheetal Desai, Pharmacist, Diabetes Educator

The diabetes care that is right for you

Driving to work I heard a blurb on diabetes on CBC radio (Diabetes Clip on CBC Radio). It talked about individualizing approach to chronic disease. Most of you on this blog are too young for the relaxation of targets for your A1C that they describe. However, it’s important to let your health provider know what you want to focus on in managing your disease or what concerns you. Becoming your own expert is key to self management.


—Sheri Devereaux, Nurse Practitioner

Small steps towards better health

I saw this in the Running Room magazine for January.  It was written by Tara Postnikoff , a registered nutritional consultant  on page 35 in her monthly column “Ask A Nutritionist”. The article is geared for runners but most of the suggestions would apply to all of us.  I will let Andrea, our expert dietitian, jump in with diabetes specific concerns.

I liked how she said nutrition is not “all or nothing”…..Just because you get sick and miss a day of work, that doesn’t mean you resign from your job.  Same goes for our nutrition goals.
I have put her 20 things to try in 2015 on my fridge as a daily reminder for myself.  The link for the full article can be found here: Ask A Nutritionist Article in Running Room Magazine
For quicker access, I will re-type the list here:
20 things to do in 2015:
-Drink more water
-Eat out less
-Eat more vegetables
-Reduce caffeine intake
-Choose a new food to try
-Have protein with every meal
-Reduce consumption of processed and packaged foods
-Take your supplements daily or as recommended by your health provider
-Stop eating when you are no longer hungry (vs. when you are full)
-Focus on FOOD QUALITY not quantity
-Get more sleep
-Consume breakfast daily
-Bring your lunch to work (it’s easy if you plan leftovers)
-Drink less alcohol
-Eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut oil & olive oil
-Reduce consumption of refined grains and flour products
-Fuel workouts appropriately
-Chew your food more
-Don’t eat in front of the computer, or the TV, or while driving
-Don’t eat a large meal right before bed
—Sheri Devereaux, Nurse Practitioner