Diabetes News

By | October 3, 2016

Science is constantly changing and improving our lives. There are many articles on how the science of diabetes is changing lives. There are so many types of articles on the subject and below are just a few sources.


  • Metabolism slow because of Type 2? Here is an article explaining why!
  • Do you remember the Jonas Brothers? Well the youngest member of the band, Nick, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was a tween. He is now a huge advocate for the health of people with the disease.
  • Medical News Today has a significant section on Diabetes news. Check it out for all things about diabetic science.
  • Science Daily published an article on how a drug used for Type 2 Diabetes can help those with Type 1. The study was performed by Newcastle University.
  • They also have a huge section on Diabetes types 1 and 2, similar to Medical News.
  • Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds talks to ESPN about his Type 1 Diabetes. His goal is to “overcome [it] one day at a time”.
  • Socks4Life has a great section on The Truth About Diabetes, Diabetes and Your Feet, and Celebrities with Diabetes.

Socks and your diabetic health

By | September 4, 2016

About 9% of the population in the US has diabetes. That is about 29 million people. So it is likely that someone you know, or even you may have the disease. There are many ways to treat the symptoms of diabetes and one of the ways is keeping your feet happy and healthy, and you can do that with Diabetic Socks.



Why do I need special socks?

Adults with diabetes typically have problems with their feet and diabetic socks are important to help keep feet healthy. According to VeryWell.com Diabetic Socks are important to help circulation in the feet. It’s called diabetic neuropathy. For this, one should consider types of compression socks to help with circulation. Check out this article on Characteristics of Diabetic Socks!
They’re so ugly and plain. Why are they so important anyway? Well, they aren’t so ugly and plain! There are plenty of different varieties of styles, colors, and uses in our socks that can be perfect for keeping happy feet. Some of our Best Sellers are diabetic socks that can be dressed up and down.


Now choosing the right ones for what you’re doing is important.

Socks4Life has any one of the following:

  • Athletic Socks
  • Casual socks
  • Fashion socks
  • Diabetic socks

Making the choice to buy special socks is a great first step to improving your overall health. The next step is choosing the right food.


Along with care of one’s feet and a healthy diet, one can control their diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, a healthy diet for someone with diabetes includes vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy products, and lean meats. Check out some resources put together by Socks4Life on diabetes and how to manage the symptoms.

Summer Olympics 2016

By | August 8, 2016

Rio-OlympicsWearing the right socks is not only important as an Olympic athlete it’s also important in your daily life. Over 200 countries are competing for the most gold medals. The Summer Olympics are upon us and an important part of the games are the products that the athletes use to stay healthy. Most of them wear socks, with the exception of a few sports. Keeping one’s feet cool, dry, and healthy is an important part of the games.

The track and field athletes need special shoes to run, sprint, or throw as well as they do. They also need socks to go inside those shoes. Most runners swear by compression socks according to Competitor.com. They use them as a tool for recovery during and after they are running.

  • Do wear socks that are breathable and made for athletic activity
  • According to Greatist.com, you should not wear cotton socks. Rather, wearing acrylic is better, particularly when running.
  • Don’t wear the same socks you’d wear to the office. That is wool or thin socks. Those won’t keep you cool and they will make your feet stink worse
  • Do have some cushion in your socks, especially on the bottom. This way, your feet won’t hurt as much when you’re done.
  • Always try on new sneakers with socks that you’d wear with them. You don’t want to fit thin socks and then have the shoes tight with thick socks.

Wearing proper footwear, as mentioned before is important for your health and well-being. Socks are the first defense when doing any sort of activity. Check out Socks4Life’s full line of athletic socks for men and women here.

How to Survive Running With Bulls

By | July 23, 2015

The Running of the Bulls was last week, which means you only have 355 days to train for next years event, so why not get in on it early? Unlike the author of “How To Survive Running With the Bulls”, I’ve never been gored by a bull, so my advice is probably better than his. My number one tip in regards to not being gored is to not run with any bulls. It’s inherently dangerous. That’s also the entire point, so now that I’ve covered the “Don’t do dangerous things” part of it, let’s get into the details.
The running of the bulls in Pamplona is a world famous festival in Spain that brings in thrill seekers from around the world. Festival? Check. Europe? Check. Young adrenaline junkies? Check. That’s a recipe for being drunk for eight days in a foreign country. It’s also a recipe for ending up on the wrong end of a bull. The number one tip for not being gored while running with the bulls is to not be drunk while you do it. That probably seems obvious, but lots of runners decide that liquid courage will help when the bulls arrive. Going along with this, Spain in July is hot. Really hot. Just like any other physical activity try to stay rested and hydrated, at least until you’ve finished your run. We’d say make sure, but realistically a try is the best we’ll be able to get out of being at a 400 plus year old festival dedicated to bravado and manliness.

I've made a huge mistake

I’ve made a huge mistake

If you’ve never run before, take a few days and watch what happens. There are eight days of bulls running, which means you have a couple to scope out the situation and figure out your own personal optimal not-getting-trampled strategy. Pure self interest aside, police and event organizers will pull people out of the crowd if they look like they don’t know what they’re doing, which is to say foreign and nervous. So just take a few days and figure out your game plan.
Don’t start at the beginning. Just like how there are different course difficulties on a ski slope, there are different starting points on the run. Starting at the beginning with a mob of drunk, inexperienced people that probably haven’t listened to this advice is a good way to get hurt before you even see a bull.  There’s an affectionately named section of the course named “Dead Man’s Corner”, which my long mis-remembered high school Spanish tells me means “Start after here.” Speaking of corners and running with bulls, take your corners close. Just like big cars, big animals aren’t known for their tight and nimble cornering and swing wide.

This is going to sound somewhat surprising, but your biggest fear shouldn’t be the bulls. You should be more afraid of your fellow runners. Assuming you can run at even a slightly decent clip, you can get away from the bull. Your biggest safety issue is going to be taken down by any of the drunk, adrenaline junkies next to. When your mind is focused on the 2,000 pound bull, you don’t look down to see if you’re running on cobblestone or someone’s face. If you end up going down, curl into a ball and cover your head and neck. You’ll end up bruised and sore, but you should escape major injury. In the last 423 years of the festival the spectators have realized that things don’t always go well for the runners and have a tradition of their own. Once all the bulls and other runners are gone, spectators will walk towards the arena and let any fallen runners know that everything is all clear.

If you ever get a chance to channel your inner Hemmingway and make it to Pamplona, hopefully your run goes well and you come home with all the pieces you started the trip with and a great story.

Wimbledon and Running on Different Surfaces

By | July 13, 2015

wikipediaWimbledon was this weekend and as most of us are aware Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic won the women’s and men’s titles, respectively. Wimbledon is the oldest, historic, and most prestigious of all the tennis tournaments in the world. Ignoring all of those other pretty lofty superlatives, Wimbledon is also the last major tournament to be played on grass courts. Since the late 1980s every other major tournament has switched to hardcourt or clay surfaces.

Of the four Grand Slam events in tennis only two are played on similar court materials, the Australian and US open on hardcourt, while the French Open is played on clay and Wimbledon, as we mentioned before, is played on grass. Professional tennis players have to be able to train and condition their bodies to handle the different stress and rigors that each surface provides. While the majority of us will never play tennis at a professinal level(Serena could be a fan of us here at Socks4Life.com, you never know), we can all probably relate to having exercised on different types of courts and fields.


We can break these surfaces down into two broad categories, natural and man-made, and then work our way into more detail from there. The first one we’ll go into is natural surfaces. Anyone that runs as a hobby will tell you that there’s a big difference between running on a nature trail and running down at the local track. Generally speaking natural surfaces are softer and much, much easier on your joints. Speaking as someone that’s blown out a knee that wasn’t great to begin with, running on grass or a trails is so much easier to deal with from that aspect of it. But that softness also comes along with the fact that those trails, fields, and paths aren’t perfectly flat and smooth. These surfaces are uneven and often unstable, which means you’ll work more muscles in an attempt to keep yourself stabilized. Think about the difference between running on a track and running in the sand down at the beach and how much more tiring the sand is to run in. That unevenness and instability is where all of the extra benefit of the run comes from, but it’s also where increased risk of injury does as well. The track might not be quite as much of a workout as running on the trails, but you also didn’t need to make sure you keep a focus on watching out for errant roots or holes.


So what about man-made surfaces? When we say man-made we mean asphalt, concrete, and tarmac/rubber surfaces. The first thing we can say is that concrete is bad for your body when it comes to running. Which is a shame because there are miles and miles of concrete sidewalks all across the world. The exact qualities that make it a dynamite building material, it’s durable and extra hard, make it awful for running. That extra hardness means that whenever your foot strikes it while running it hits you back just as hard. Running on concrete without taking extra precautions can shatter blood vessels, which compounds the damage because even less blood can carry oxygen to the parts of your body that need to be healed. If you have no other choice than running on concrete, make sure to wear shoes with maximum cushion. Asphalt is the second most common surface material and luckily isn’t nearly as bad for your joints as concrete. It’s not great, but it’s less hard and widely available. It does have serious problems with the fact that running on asphalt often means running the street which exposes runners to traffic, blind corners, and the effects of car exhaust on health. In an ideal world when heading down to the park or the local trail system isn’t one of the options, you’d find a tarmac or rubber surfaced track. Tarmac and rubber are much softer than concrete and asphalt and do substantially less damage to your joints. All of these materials share the similarity of being much harder and more damaging than a natural surface material, they have the advantage of being much more efficient in terms of distance covered. That damaging hardness and stability means that most of the energy you put into pushing off it with each stride is going to propel you forward making you faster and able to go further.

And what about treadmills? I didn’t put them in either surface because you don’t wander through the woods and magically finding them waiting to be ran on. Even if you did, you should avoid it. Because of the way they simulate moving forward using a rotating belt, it forces an awkward running form that uses extra force and causes a lot more strain on the body than is necessary.

If we, and by we I mean sports physiologists, had to rank running surfaces in order of most preferable to least it would go like this:
Grass – Grass is great because it has a lot of natural material to cushion your stride. The combination of the actual grass and the dirt it grows in do a lot to absorb the impact of running instead of taking it all on your joints.
Dirt trails – Dirt trails have the same advantage as grass, you just have to watch out for loose bits of debris that could cause an injury.
Rubber/tarmac tracks – The most soft and absorbing of all of the man-made surfaces. When natural isn’t available this should be your go to.
Asphalt – One of the easiest to find, but can also do some damage to your joints if you aren’t prepared for it.
Concrete – Do whatever you can to avoid running on concrete. There’s a reason they build infrastructure that needs to last out of the stuff, and it’s not befcause it promotes joint health.