In November we start thinking about Thanksgiving. But did you know that November is also National Diabetes Month? As a Seattle podiatrist who treats hundreds of people with Type 2 diabetes, it's extremely important to me to get out the word about how to prevent and manage it.
How many people have it?
As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of our population had diabetes. The vast majority of those people had Type II diabetes. About 7.2 million Americans have it but go undiagnosed. Americans over 65, bear the largest burden of diabetes with over 25% or 12 million diagnosed and undiagnosed.
The number of cases of diabetes continues to rise, most alarmingly in young adults ages 10-19. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control looked at youth from 2002-2012. Newly diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes had increased by 4.8 percent.
How do I know if I'm at risk?
You can check your risk by taking this test. If you score greater than five on the test, talk to your doctor so you can find out if you have diabetes.
What to do if I'm diagnosed?
To manage and prevent the condition from causing other health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, and foot ulcers (which can lead to amputation if not treated) your doctor will very likely send you to an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes. In the meantime you can check out the information provided by the American Diabetes Association for newly diagnosed patients.
As mentioned above diabetes can cause dangerous foot ulcers. Staying on top of your foot health will require you to check your feet on a daily basis to ensure that you have no cracked or open sores. In addition, you can check out my 10 Ten Tips for Diabetic Feet.
If you have diabetes and need to be seen, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.