Current International COVID-19 Travel Requirements Here
Andrea Drever
By Andrea Drever

Content and Editorial Director

As I write this, my beautiful, athletic young friend is having his big toe amputated. And he will find out in the next few weeks if his entire leg needs to be removed. How on earth did this happen? And is there a way to keep other people from going down this tragic path?


My friend is an avid cyclist, golfer and runner. He is slender, and has always seemed to be the epitome of good health. But several years ago, out of the blue, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Two of the issues arising from diabetes are poor circulation and nerve damage. The nerve damage means that people can experience greatly reduced feeling in their extremities, so wounds get overlooked. That, along with the poor circulation, is how disaster strikes. Once an infection or open wound takes hold, it can threaten the viability of a foot or limb.

Man and woman sitting together next to the water

For my friend, it started as a small blister on his foot that went unnoticed. By the time he discovered it and sought help, it had become badly infected. Despite aggressive attempts to treat the infection, including the use of a hyperbaric chamber, the infection had progressed too far. And now, we are all waiting to see how bad my friend’s outcome will be.

If you or someone you know has diabetes, you’re probably wondering how to avoid a similar fate. Experts see education as the first line of defense in saving limbs. Unlike heart disease and stroke, which have benefitted from awareness campaigns, loss of limbs from diabetes is, sadly, still poorly understood among the public.

To help prevent this tragic trajectory, people with diabetes need to carefully inspect their feet visually every time they take their shoes off, and to dutifully tend to wounds. Time is the crucial factor. And while there are a whole range of promising new technologies out there, from so-called smart socks that measure the temperature of people’s feet to molecular assessments of sores, the key is identifying wounds as quickly as possible, and treating them like the emergencies they in fact are.

Eyeglasses sitting on an open book on an unmade bed.

Can Blue Light Blockers Improve Your Sleep?

Sure, they can protect your eyes. But can blue light-blocking glasses help you sleep more soundly? Here’s what science has to say.

Read More
Honeycomb on a plate, and a bowl filled with an oatmeal mix.

Healthful Honey Oat Treats

Easy, delicious and packed with good ingredients, these no-bake, nearly raw snack balls are a treat.

Read More
Two women sitting across from each other at a table clasping hands in a supportive way.

DUTCH Testing for Hormone Health

A simple, easy-to-complete test that gives unparalleled insight into hormone health seems like a dream; but with the DUTCH test, it’s very much a reality.

Read More
Black electric toothbrush and tube of toothpaste on a counter, and two women holding toothbrushes.

Oral Healthcare Advice From NYC's Top Dentist

Maintain that just-been-to-the-dentist pearly white smile with these pro tips and tricks.

Read More
Barren white cliffs and deep blue water.

The Soothing Ritual of Thalassotherapy

Relaxing, ocean-based therapy that will leave you feeling blissfully grounded.

Read More
and holding a small cocktail with sugar around the rim of the glass.

Cutting Back on Cocktails A Beginner’s Guide

Concerned you might be drinking too much? Even if you don’t plan on becoming a total teetotaler, here are some tips on cutting back.

Read More
Woman looking relaxed and contemplative.

Big Benefits of IV Drip Therapy

Touted as a cure-all for whatever ails you, this simple procedure delivers a dose of fast-acting nutrients and deep hydration. Treatments are safe, effective and popping up in the most unexpected places.

Read More
Photos of a woman wearing jeans, a woman holding a bowl, and a bowl of raspberries with cream and granola.

Superfoods To Eat Every Day

Ramp up energy and vitality by adding these highly nutritious — and delicious — foods to your diet as often as possible.

Read More
Woman in beige outfit sitting on beige bed, seemingly lost in thought.

The Physical Effects of a Broken Heart

We know we feel awful when a relationship ends. But science shows that heartbreak can also have negative — but reversible — physical effects.

Read More

My Bag

Product thumbnail
Product title

Variant title


$ 0.00

Your cart is empty


Taxes and shipping calculated at checkout