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Diabetes - an International Trend
Diabetes in New Zealand has reached epidemic proportions. Latest figures from the Ministry of Health indicate nearly 167,000 people have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. 36% more people are expected to have this disorder in the next 20 years. This growth is comparable with international trends and in the USA, Diabetes is the fastest growing disease.

Diabetes and Dry Skin
Excessively dry and cracked skin is widespread amongst Diabetics, particularly on feet. Damage to the autonomic nervous system can reduce perspiration and high blood sugar levels can cause loss of body fluid. Combined, this lack of sweat and body fluids make the skin very dry. In serious cases, the drying out and cracking of skin can lead to amputation.

Foot Ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers are the leading cause of non-traumatic foot amputations and over two million people worldwide suffer from these ulcers. Treating a Diabetic foot ulcer involves debridement of unhealthy tissue and removal of callous around the edges of the ulcer.

Podiatry Use
Podiatrists see people with Diabetes regularly and recommend inspecting feet several times a day and using effective moisturizing cream such as Merino Lanolin Skin Creme. Prevention is the best cure and educating people with Diabetes on effective foot care is essential.

Professional Users
Pharmacists, Podiatrists and Diabetes Educators from around New Zealand, Scandinavia and the USA have been recommending Merino Lanolin Skin Creme to their patients for years. Merino Lanolin Skin Creme has been used on acute dry skin, cracked heels, scar tissue and eczema. Countless testimonials exist stating a great improvement in serious skin problems after just a few applications.

Hospital Pharmacies
Maintaining foot care whilst in hospital is essential for people with Diabetes. Whilst hospitalized they rely upon Hospital Pharmacists stocking quality skin creme to enable them to maintain adequate foot care.

Merino Lanolin Skin Creme
Developed in New Zealand by a Pharmacist, Merino Lanolin Skin Creme is formulated from a lanolin base. Lanolin softens the skin and creates an effective barrier to maintain skin moisture. Available in Pharmacies, this product is widely used by Podiatrists and people with Diabetes.

--Merino Lanolin Skin Creme really does work. It's a well priced, NZ made product and I always recommend it--
Charlotte Russell, BSc (Hons), DipPod (NZ)
Charlotte Russell Podiatry, Christchurch

-- . . . I recommend Merino Lanolin Skin Creme to patients in my Diabetes class for regular foot & general skin care--
Sunny Bell - RN, CDE
National Diabetes Educator of the Year
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Products recommended:

A great start would be to purchase our Diabetic Kit located in the "Kits & Gift Paks" area of this website. Included in this kit is the Lanolin Skin Cream, our non-drying Lanolin soap and the Delicate Skin Oil w/Vitamin E (very helpful if you have an existing crack or open wound), Lanolin Lip Balm (great for lips and FINGERTIPS!). Many Diabetic customers are using the lip balm on the fingertips to soften callouses caused by consistent testing. A good place to keep one of our lip balms is on your night stand. Take good care, Judy

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