As part of National Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association has been collecting photos from people living with diabetes. They have compiled a photomosaic and have been producing videos telling the stories of these people.
The numbers are frightening. It is predicted that by 2050, one in three American adults will have Diabetes. Just last year, 1.9 million Americans over 20 years old were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Currently 10.9 million seniors have diabetes.
Why is a podiatrist in Houston so concerned with diabetes? First of all, living in one of the fattest cities in the United States, our population has a significant predisposition to developing diabetes. Along with diabetes comes the complications, including peripheral arterial disease and peripheral neuropathy, which provides a significant risk for diabetic foot ulcers and infections leading to foot amputations.
If you or someone you love has diabetes and has not taken any measures to control the disease, you owe it to them to push them in the right direction...and push hard! If you notice anything with your feet that doesn't seem right, or if you find that your feet are numb, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment.