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January 2nd, 2015 at 04:07 pm

The bad news: I had pasta with pesto sauce for dinner.
The good news: I did 13 flights of stairs just now, in addition to what I did earlier today.

It's just too cold again today, with a high of 32. For many years, I didn't mind going out to exercise in winter if I was properly bundled up. Now, I'm not even sure that would do it. I'm just disliking the cold more and more.

My father, who is diabetic, is complaining of very cold legs. I was going to buy him a heating blanket or pad, but i've been reading about how that's not a good idea for diabetics because they have no sensation of heat and could be burned.

Does anyone have any suggestions or experience for this?

4 Responses to “The good & the bad”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    My grandfather always wore long johns under his pants! Seemed to help.

  2. snafu Says:

    Cold hands and feet are common to diabetics. Is he monitoring his blood sugar with an older device? These are often free with the purchase of lancets. Does dad get a reasonable amount of age appropriate exercise? Physicians are now recommending modest weights like small and medium arm lifts holding a can of soup. Wearing warm socks and wiggling toes for a few moments every hour or so may be helpful. Diabetics often have thyroid problems as it's all part of the endocrine system of our bodies.

    My late brother was a type II diabetic and found much comfort in compression socks. I live in an extremely cold climate and we all wear silk long johns if we'll be outdoors for an extended period. Feel nice on the skin, layers trap body heat to keep you warm.

  3. starfishy Says:

    good job on the stairs!! you'll survive the pasta, everything in moderation. Smile

  4. LittleMissSplendid Says:

    For your dad you could try getting him wool socks since they're supposed to be very warm.

    As for the pasta with pesto, that sounds like a great dinner. If you want to make it healthier you can always use whole wheat pasta and toss in some veggies.

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