The Surprising Way Diabetes Can Hurt Your Brain

A diabetic foot ulcer could cause memory loss and other cognitive damageAs anyone living with diabetes already knows, this disease poses a serious threat to your feet. Peripheral nerve damage (known as neuropathy) decreases the blood flow to your feet, causing a loss of sensation and turning any nick or cut into a potential ulcer, a difficult-to-heal infection that is considered a serious medical emergency.

But, did you also know that ulcers hurt more than just your feet? According to a recent study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), people who develop diabetic foot wounds also suffer the loss of certain brain functions.

More specifically, after developing a wound, diabetic patients showed signs of impaired memory, a lesser ability to concentrate, more troubles with learning, language impairment and slower response times when mentally stimulated.

What does all that mean? Basically, once you’ve developed a foot ulcer, you are not only at risk of losing that appendage, you are also likely to experience some kind of brain damage—a tragic situation on all fronts!

I’m not telling you this to scare you, I just want you to know, as your Houston podiatrist, how crucial it is for you to stay on top of your diabetic foot health. You must check your feet daily, at home, to make sure you aren’t developing any trouble spots that could become ulcers—any signs of cuts, redness, calluses or swelling should all be cause to call your doctor. You should also see your podiatrist twice a year for more comprehensive foot exams and stay on top of your blood pressure and blood sugar levels to keep diabetic side effects at a minimum.

Diabetes doesn’t have to ruin your health—but it can if you don’t take the proper precautions. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to make sure you stay ahead of the disease curve!
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.