November is Diabetes awareness month, which gives us an opportunity to focus on the disease and those who suffer from it. Most of us know someone who has diabetes or you may have it yourself. Almost 30 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes, and about 86 million Americans are pre-diabetic or are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes (statistics from diabetes.org). With numbers like that it is important that you stay up to date on how to lower your risk of getting type 2 diabetes and how you can help those you love who are affected by it.
What can you do to prevent diabetes?
Although type 2 diabetes can be hereditary there are many other factors that increase your risk. Daily exercise and eating healthy are the two most important things you can do to decrease your risk of getting diabetes. Those that are obese have a much higher risk of getting diabetes as well as those with high blood pressure that measures 140/90 or higher.
How can you improve your health if you have diabetes?
Daily exercise and healthy eating are extremely important to keeping your diabetes under control. Exercise can include anything from mowing the lawn to going for a run (as long as it has been given the okay by your doctor).
Make sure you are seeing your doctor on a regular basis to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
How does diabetes effect your feet?
Those with diabetes have a greater risk of getting foot infections. A small scrape or cut, if not treated, can lead to dangerous foot infections and ulcers. Diabetics can also suffer from neuropathy which is when the nerve endings in the feet become damaged. This can lead to burning, tingling, and eventually loss of feeling in your feet. This can be problematic when you can’t feel your foot to recognize if you have a cut, or ulcer.
Make sure you see your podiatrist right away if you have a cut that is not healing. If not treated, it can quickly go from a small abrasion to a big ulcer.
At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC it is important to us to raise awareness about diabetes. Dr. Evan Merrill knows the damage that diabetes can do to your feet if left untreated. Don’t wait to make an appointment if you are suffering from diabetic foot complications or any other foot and ankle related problem. Call us today at 541-776-3338 or fill out our online form to make an appointment. For more tips on diabetes visit our Pinterest board dedicated to diabetes.