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Diabetes Part One: A Very Dangerous Balancing Act

The facts are frightening. 25.8 million American adults and children suffer from diabetes. Here are just a few more interesting facts involving diabetes.

  • 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes suffer mild to severe nerve damage
  • In 2006, 65,700 lower limb amputations were performed on people with diabetes
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness reported in adults 20-74 years of age
  • Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007

 

If these facts aren’t enough to scare you, log onto http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/ to read more startling information. Diabetes is a killer and there is no denying it. It is very important to seek treatment for this disease and the earlier, the better.

Early warning signs to look for include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Burning, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Blurred vision

Failure to heed these warning signs can allow diabetes to take control of your life. Dietary prevention is one of the best ways to control your blood sugar and keep the stress off your pancreas and kidneys. If you are unable to control your blood sugar levels and symptoms worsen, you may do damage to your nervous system. This is called neuropathy. Neuropathy usually manifests itself first in the feet and hands and involves loss of sensation. If loss of sensation occurs, you are at much greater risk of injury and infection. Infections become harder to heal because of reduced circulation and then you then run the risk of possible amputation.

If you have diabetes, you must see your doctor at least annually. Never see a doctor without including a foot examination. Drs. Brook and Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works are able to evaluate your feet and provide you with great health care and recommendations. If you have a health care assistant who helps you, make sure they are aware of your risk.

Here are a few at home tips for safeguarding your feet:

  • Wear shoes to prevent injury
  • Make sure to bathe your feet daily and examine them for wounds or injury
  • Use a good emollient lotion to prevent drying and cracking skin
  • Do not apply lotion between toes
  • Trim toenails straight across. Ask for help if you are unable.

 

Control your blood sugar by controlling your diet. If you are unable to control your blood sugar by dietary means, make sure you take your medication. See podiatrists Dr. Brook and Dr. Northcutt regularly and call (972) 566-7474 to set up an appointment.

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"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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