At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we see many patients who are suffering from debilitating foot problems from diabetes. These include foot pain, ulcers, and wounds that are extremely difficult to heal, infections, and injuries that occurred as a result of nerve damage, which decreased the ability to perceive pain in the feet. The good news is that if detected early, patients with type 2 diabetes can make changes that will reverse this disabling disease. The bad news is that nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes (approximately 7.2 million Americans) are unaware that they have the disease. Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes (higher than normal blood glucose levels), and 9 out of 10 of these patients don’t know it.
March 24th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. We encourage all patients to take a few minutes and learn about your risk for diabetes. Start with a simple test that takes less than one minute to complete.
Factors that increase your risk of diabetes:
- Family history of diabetes
- Being male
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Physically Inactive
- Poor sleep habits
By making changes in your lifestyle you can reduce your risk factors. Small adjustments can produce big results. Drinking seltzer instead of soda, adding 30 minutes of brisk activity to your daily routine, developing a “wind-down” routine before bedtime, and other little steps can lower your risk of developing diabetes in a big way.
Discuss your concerns about diabetes with our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. Tingling in your feet and wounds on your legs and feet that are slow to heal can be symptoms of diabetes. If you notice these or any other unusual changes in your feet, contact any of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices as soon as possible.