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Loosen the Diabetes Belt – Taking control of your diabetes

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Next month's issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine contains a study of the prevalence of diabetes in America. Their findings identify a diabetes belt. Not everyone may remember, but back in the 1960's health officials at the CDC identified a ‘Stroke belt' to identify areas where this health concern was more prevalent. This helped to focus the proper education and resources to help individuals avoid this tragic incident in their life. The geographic layout of these belts may not be similar but the fact that both diseases can be a result of personal actions and decision is. While some factors leading to diabetes are out of your control (age, gender, ethnicity), other more important factors (losing weight, getting exercise & staying physically active) are.

Travis County, Texas isn't dark read on this map, which identifies the highest percentage of diabetes, but was colored a light orange. This color corresponds to 8% of the population living with diabetes. All these maps and statistics should have little impact if you are already controlling your diabetes. If you know someone in your life who is not, this may be a good tool to help educate them. We have blogged in the past about changes to what you eat and little things your can do to get more exercise. Making small changes to the amount and types of foods you eat can put you on the right track to controlling your diabetes. It is possible to delay or stop early signs of diabetes through the foods you eat and the activity you get.

Do not let foot pain stop you from getting the physical activity your need to stay healthy. Schedule an appointment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Dr. Thomajan can use a variety of modalities to get you pain free and on the track to staying physically active. Too many people ignore foot pain until they can't stand it anymore, often leading to serious damage. Listen to the pain cues your body gives you and address problems early. By taking the proper steps to care for your feet can have subsequent positive effects your general health.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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