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Posts for tag: Diabetes Month

 

November is American Diabetes month! Every day we are all well aware of this disease and how it is taking over the country, but this month is dedicated to raising awareness for the disease. As obesity rates rise in America, so does the number of people at risk for obtaining this disease. Many people associate this disease with blood sugar levels, but what many people don’t know is that the earliest signs of this disease can be seen in your feet! One of the biggest signs starting in your feet is a loss of sensation/feeling. There is no ability to feel pain or temperature change, and the biggest problem associated with the loss of feeling is not being able to feel an injury, like a broken bone or tissue damage. Another sign associated with your feet is skin changes. These symptoms vary widely from dryness and cracking to open wounds called ulcers. Both of these can lead to infections and can be very harmful and could eventually lead to limb loss if left untreated.

Take the time this month to read a few articles or to talk to Dr. Gujral at your next appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ to become more educated on this disease. Even if you don’t have diabetes, someone you know may have the disease or could be at risk for developing it, so take advantage of this special month and learn as much as you can! The best prevention is education.

By Varun Gujral