November is the American Diabetes Associations (ADA) diabetes awareness month. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) uses also uses this time to launch the ‘Knock your socks off’ campaign. Both of these things were recently highlighted in the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists’ Newsletter. Hopefully you are aware of this newsletter that you can have delivered to your email inbox every month; if not, you can get more information and sign up here. Both the ADA and the APMA try to use this time of year to make people more aware of this disease and the severe problems than can result from poor management. Diabetes is a disease that robs your body of its ability to properly control the supply of nutrients to your tissues and it becomes necessary to you to do it instead.
By regularly measuring your blood sugars, watching what you eat, and taking medications prescribed by your family physician, you can avoid many of the problems that can occur. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they have the disease until these complications occur. Latest estimates indicate that almost 5 million individuals living with diabetes are undiagnosed! The longer someone with diabetes goes untreated the more problematic the symptoms can be. Symptoms such as frequent urination, extreme thirst, changes to your vision, extreme hunger or tingling in your finger and toes are signs of high blood sugars. When blood sugars remain high, they can that lead to bigger problems and you should make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Information and education are powerful tools when it comes to your health. The ADA has a wealth of resources available to you online as well as through their regular publication. Because of the havoc this disease can wreck on your feet and ankles, Dr. Thomajan has published a book, Diabetes and Your Feet, available to you at no cost! ADA recommends regular visits with a podiatric physician because of the 10 times risk of amputation and individual with diabetes has. You can make an appointment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists website or by calling 512-328-8900.
Until next time, keep those feet happy and health Austin!