March 24th is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day, At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to encourage all of our Macomb County patients to take this opportunity to learn about their personal risk for this disease. Diabetes affects approximately 30.3 million Americans. And, 7.2 million are unaware that they have the disease. Why is this important for your feet? There are several conditions associated with diabetes that can cause severe harm to your feet:
- Poor circulation—blood flow to your lower extremities is inhibited. This means wounds, infections, and injuries can be very slow to heal, increasing the risk for infection and, in the worst-case scenario, amputation.
- Neuropathy—nerve damage is also a common problem for patients with diabetes. This can make it difficult to detect an injury or infection in your feet when it is at its earliest and most treatable stage.
Risk Factors and Warning Signs
There are several factors that increase your chances of developing diabetes. These include:
- Being male
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Poor sleep habits
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of diabetes
To assess your personal risk, take the American Diabetes Association’s one-minute risk assessment test.
Recognizing the early symptoms of type 2 diabetes can help you detect it and take action to reverse it. Possible signs include tingling in your feet and hands, wounds that are slow to heal in your legs and feet, fatigue, frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, blurry vision, and frequent yeast infections.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms or have other questions about diabetes and the health of your feet, make an appointment to speak with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Philip M. Watkins by contacting our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office today.