In the United States alone, 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year! The prevalence in the population is 9.3%, and 86 million Americans have been diagnosed with “pre-diabetes.” Diabetes is ranked the 7th leading cause of death. Being diagnosed with diabetes is life altering, but the diagnosis is what you make of it.
Many people receive the diagnosis and ignore it or avoid it because it scares them. Diabetes is a very manageable disease and nerve damage can be prevented by eating a healthy diet, staying active, checking blood sugar levels at home, and taking medications as prescribed. Keeping blood sugar levels down are the key to preventing damage.
Diabetes can wreak havoc on many organs and various parts of the body, including the feet. High blood sugar levels damage the nerves in the feet/legs making it difficult to feel the feet or legs. This condition is called diabetic neuropathy. When this happens it is important to never walk around barefoot, and to also be cautious with hot water or hot surfaces that may cause a burn that you may not be able to feel. Patients with neuropathy should check their feet daily for redness, blisters, or wounds. It may also be a good idea to discuss getting diabetic shoes from your podiatrist to help prevent wounds.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it may be time to see your podiatrist. Stay involved in your health and tackle diabetes head-on!
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