Oct 24, 2018
Foot Care

Dr. Bill Releford - The Benefits of Shea Butter for Diabetic Feet


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The Benefits of Shea Butter for Diabetic Feet

For people with diabetes, foot care can be of vital importance. A combination of nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), which can reduce the sensations associated with injury, and poor blood flow (peripheral vascular disease), which can slow healing, can mean that everyday cuts, scratches and splits in the skin can turn into something far more serious. It is a problem disproportionately affecting Latinos and African Americans, but also one that can be easily prevented with some simple additions to your daily routine.

Benefits of Shea Butter for Diabetic Feet

Our skin is the largest organ in the body and the defensive barrier between our internal organs and the outside world. It is vital that we look after it properly. For many people with diabetic feet, this takes on a whole new level of importance, as the tragedy of amputation is a real risk.

Fortunately, it does not have to be this way – some 75% of diabetes-related amputations can be avoided, and there are plenty of ways in which we can help our skin to stay healthy and free of infection.

I always say, “Simply by taking control of your health, managing your disease, and paying careful attention to your feet, patients with diabetes can significantly reduce the risk of amputation.”

One of the ways in which you can provide skin care for diabetic feet is through a regime of moisturizing. This helps to avoid dry skin breaking and allowing in infection. And an excellent way of keeping diabetic feet moisturized is the use of shea butter, a superb natural remedy, rich in fatty acids and vitamins A and E, with astonishing healing properties.

Shea butter comes from the karite shea tree, which is native to the African continent. It has been used for centuries for its moisturizing, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for the healing of wounds. It is little wonder, then, that it is also a powerful substance for maintaining healthy skin, especially for people with diabetic feet.

It is so effective in combating dry skin because of the natural chemicals contained in it. In our body, the sebaceous glands in the skin help to produce a natural moisturizer, and it is the same moisturizer that occurs naturally in shea butter. The vitamins in shea butter also help the process of healing. Vitamin A is well-known to prevent wrinkles and dry skin, and vitamin E is a powerful moisturizer.

Moisturizing your feet reduces the likelihood of an unnoticed scratch or tear of the skin. This, in turn, makes it less likely that bacteria will enter the skin to cause the infections that can lead to the devastating prospect of amputation.

By using shea butter on your skin on a daily basis, you can dramatically reduce the risks of infection, swelling, and discomfort. It is also entirely natural – the same treatment used by generations of people to keep their skin looking great and feeling healthy.

People with diabetic feet should make a number of changes to their lifestyles in order to stay as healthy as possible, such as eating fresh vegetables, exercising, and giving up smoking. Sparing just a few minutes a day to apply shea butter is another simple but effective way to improve your quality of life.