An educational event held by Mary Washington Hospital called “Diabetic You” taught local residents who have diabetes about how to keep themselves healthy and deal with their disease. One of the participants, 62-yeard-old Valerie Lewis, has been diabetic since she was 24. “Knowing you have diabetes and doing the right thing about it, is hard,” Lewis said.
“I’ve only recently been doing what I shoulda to a T”. Also in attendance was chef Charles Mattocks, who has diabetes as well. Mattocks was touring to promote his book “Eat Cheap but Eat Well,” and stopped by to offer some healthy recipes that are good for diabetics.
It is essential for diabetics to take good care of their feet. If you’re diabetic and are looking for help with your feet, call a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can teach you how to perform self-examinations and prevent complications from arising.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.
It is always best to let your healthcare professional know of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, no matter how big or small the issue may be.
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