Throughout the month of November, we’ve been reminding our patients that it’s Diabetes Awareness Month. We’ve talked about the hidden effects of diabetes – all the ramifications beyond just managing blood sugar. We’ve written about the risk of peripheral arterial disease. And we’ve addressed something ever-present in the life of a diabetic – the constant need to make good food choices and how food-swapping strategies can help.
And yet, we’ve barely touched on what there is to learn about diabetes.
Diabetes is an epidemic
Around the world, diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent. The International Diabetes Federation, a global advocate for people with diabetes, tells us that most countries around the world are seeing an increase of Type 2 diabetes. 425 million adults worldwide are currently living with diabetes – that’s roughly 50 times the entire population of Virginia.
Why is diabetes on the rise?
The reason behind the diabetes epidemic can’t be traced to any one thing. It’s lack of education about the disease, lack of access to healthy foods, overconsumption of sugary foods that leads to obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking – or some combination of all of these.
Why does Clifton Foot & Ankle Center care?
Our Centreville, Virginia podiatry practice cares about diabetes and diabetes education because of how damaging the disease is to your feet. Learning to recognize the warning signs of diabetes is the first step toward prevention and early treatment. These signs include:
- extreme fatigue
- extreme thirst or dry mouth
- frequent urination
- numbness anywhere in the body, especially in your lower limbs
- changes in vision
- unexplained weight loss.
Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm is a board-certified podiatrist with many years of experience with diabetic foot care. If you think you’re at risk for diabetes – or you’ve already been diagnosed – make an appointment with us at least once a year for preventative foot care. It’s no exaggeration to say that regular foot check-ups can help prevent future amputations among patients with diabetes. Call us at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.