In recent months, the Associated Press reported on new research that indicates amputation rates are better than half of those that occurred in the mid-1990s. Amputation was a severe complication of late stage diabetes that was too common for too long. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that was once 11 amputations per 1,000 diabetics two decades ago is now 4 amputations per 1,000. It is our goal here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to keep that number low and help to drop it even further.
Type 2 diabetes continues to increase nationwide along with the number of Americans living with obesity. Because the two are so closely related, it is important to stay active and eat well. This form of diabetes can often be prevented or managed through a good diet and regular exercise. Even after being diagnosed with diabetes, improved eating habits and increased physical exercise can improve the effectiveness of diabetic medications and overall glucose control. As we have mentioned before, few of us take proper care of our health and diabetes can be an opportunity to start doing it right. There are many health care professionals who can help your make modifications to your lifestyle to help your easily manage your blood sugars. In addition to changes in your lifestyle, regular visits with your primary physician and your Austin podiatrist can keep you free of foot complications related to diabetes.
We have devoted many of our blogs to diabetes and some of the complications associated with the disease. It bears repeating that chronically high blood sugars first affect the smallest nerves and vessels in your body. These tiny nerves and blood vessels are present at the highest concentration in your eyes, kidneys, hands and feet. Because subtle changes are often missed in day to day activities but can be discovered with a thorough physical exam, we recommend that all diabetics make an annual visit to their podiatrist. We have a list of do’s and don’ts for diabetics on our website. The most crucial thing to do is examine your feet daily and see Dr. Thomajan at the first sign of a problem.
Until next time, keep those diabetic feet happy and healthy Austin!