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Posts for tag: American Diabetes Association

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 15, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

November is National Diabetes Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we partner with many patients who have this disease to help manage it and protect the health of their feet. Since neuropathy, or loss of sensation, and reduced circulatory and immune system function are all associated with diabetes, our diabetic patients have elevated risks for foot issues. What might be minor or common conditions for other patients—blisters, bunions, athlete’s foot—can pose a major potential threat to diabetic patients. Wounds and infections can be slow and difficult to heal and lead to serious consequences, even amputation. Thankfully, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can help patients with regular podiatric care to prevent wounds and maintain the health of their feet.

Preventing Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million Americans over the age of 18 have diabetes. Even more startling, a little over 84 million are believed to be pre-diabetic. Your physician can determine if you fall into this category. There are ways that all patients can lower their risk of diabetes. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. Even losing 10-15 pounds can significantly reduce your risk. Start by cutting back on calories (swap veggies and hummus or whole grain snacks for chips, replace a starch with a salad, etc.).  Weigh yourself at least once a week. Increase the amount of water you drink—it can help you feel full.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking, in addition to raising your chances of developing diabetes, also impedes circulation, which is a contributing factor to diabetic complications.
  • Stay active. Exercise has multiple benefits: it helps prevent diabetes, increases circulation, helps your joints stay flexible and strengthens muscles, bones and your heart. You don’t have to run a marathon! Incorporate a walk during lunch hour. If you have a desk job, set a timer to get up every 30 minutes to stretch and take a quick walk around the office. Park a little further away from stores and your office. Consider adding strength training with weights, stretches and some aerobic sessions as you progress.

Start small. Little changes are more likely to be successful. If you have additional questions about diabetes and the health of your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.

It’s not every day you get to hear (or read) about a celebrity talking about diabetes. When you do though I think it would make the conversation/article a little more “entertaining” coming from one of the Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer. He was invited by Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago on Sunday to give a talk about “Step On Up”, a program developed by Pfizer, Inc. and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes is a condition that affects approximately 29 million people in the United States (of that, 21M are diagnosed and 8M are undiagnosed). According to Pfizer’s chief medical officer Freda Lewis-Hall, however, approximately 86 million people live with pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are high but not high enough for diagnosis. Mr. Cedric shared his story with the crowd about his father and diabetes and how he is starting to deal with the beginning complications of the disease. In his talk he related the feeling of “shooting, stabbing pains in his hands and feet”, and Mrs. Lewis-Hall affirms that it is called Diabetic Nerve Pain or Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDPN). With diabetes occurring at such a high rate, your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained medical professionals to risk stratify each and every patient. Risk stratifying patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes is something extremely important when performing preventative foot care. With that said, it is extremely important for recently-diagnosed diabetic patients to ask their primary care physicians for a referral to their local podiatrists to get an accurate diabetic foot screening and subsequent preventative foot healthcare thereafter.

Diabetes is a disease that is growing exponentially but it’s also something that, if caught soon enough, can be treated very easily without any of the major complications associated with it. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have.

By Varun Gujral