American Idol Judge Randy Jackson Discusses Living With Diabetes


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Randy Jackson visited the emergency room in 2003 with what he thought was the flu. As it turned out, his blood sugar was sky high and he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. After getting his diabetes under control, in the process losing weight and altering his diet, he focused on raising awareness of living with diabetes.


If you have diabetes, you are at 2-4 times higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke. This is partially due to the development of Peripheral Arterial Disease, a common result of diabetes. For this reason, early detection of PAD is vital. At our Houston podiatry office, we utilize state of the art diagnostic testing to detect this important risk factor early.


Most of all, it is important to get your diabetes under control. Controlling diabetes takes work. It will involve a drastic change to your diet, often while taking medication to further control your blood sugar. If you do not keep your blood sugar in control, you run the risk for developing more severe circulation problems, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, diabetic foot ulcers, stroke, heart disease, and retinopathy that leads towards blindness.


If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, it is important that you visit with your Houston podiatrist to ensure that you maintain your foot health and ensure you continue to walk on them for years to come. If you think you may have a problem related to diabetes, contact Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately and tell us that you're diabetic with a problem and we'll get you right in...often the same day.