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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 08, 2017
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: diabetes   nerves   feet  

November is designated as a time to raise awareness about diabetes. That’s why, for American Diabetes Month, we want you to learn more about how it affects millions of American adults. We encourage you to share this information so that more people can become involved in understanding the disease and actively trying to reduce their risk for developing it.

The Basics

Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. This happens when insulin, the hormone that normally controls blood glucose levels, is either absent or not properly used by the body, leading to serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, as well as damage to the nerves, feet, kidney, and/or eyes.

Types of Diabetes

There are 4 general types of Diabetes:

  • Prediabetes: Your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetic. Those with prediabetes are at higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Type 1: Typically begins early (child to young adult) and onset of symptoms are usually quick. The pancreas stops or reduces insulin production.
  • Type 2: Typically begins after 45 years of age and onset of symptoms can be slow. Insulin is present, but your cells become resistant to it, resulting in high blood sugar.
  • Gestational Diabetes: During pregnancy, some hormones make the cells resistant to insulin. For some, the condition goes away after the birth of the baby, but the mother then has higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later on.

Risk Factors and Symptoms

Researchers believe that eventually, 1 in 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. While the exact cause is still unknown, genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle seem to play a part. Those who live a sedentary lifestyle, have excess weight, smoke, and have high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

If you have the following symptoms, check in with your doctor to be screened for diabetes or prediabetes:

  • Urinating often and feeling thirstier
  • Hunger and fatigue (which would happen if your cells were not getting sugar)
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing wounds or loss of sensation

Folks with diabetes are at risk for long-term issues like nerve damage, which can also lead to foot damage. When blood sugar is too high, it can damage the nerves in the hands and feet, leading to a loss of feeling. This can result in foot injury or damage that goes unnoticed and becomes severe. Sometimes, loss of feeling in the feet are the first symptoms that patients become aware of, leading to a diagnosis of diabetes. If you have foot issues, including numbness or tingling in the feet, come see us right away to help you get the right diagnosis. Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet to meet your needs at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office

 



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