November is national diabetes awareness month, so what better time to sit up and take note of your potential risk factors? Even if you have already been diagnosed, do you know that with some aggressive lifestyle changes you can stop and reverse many of the effects of this disease that carries such grave consequences?
Diabetes affects more than 8% of the U.S. population. It revolves around the hormone insulin, and your body’s ability to process it. Too high blood sugar prevents insulin from properly aiding in the digestive process, or in Type I diabetes, insulin is not produced at all. Either way, you lose, unless you are willing to take stock in your risk factors and make some lifestyle changes. Accept the fact that diabetes has a profoundly negative impact on your quality of life because of the damage to your feet caused by Neuropathy. Even small wounds can result in large infections that may lead to amputation.
Some risks are related to family history and age. You cannot control these. But if you look at what you can control and begin on an individualized plan of education and action, you can preserve your health.
Obesity is a major risk…
Increased fat makes your cells more resistant to insulin.
Where do you carry your excess baggage?
The spare tire around your mid-section places you in more danger than if you carried the same load in your hips or thighs.
Do a self-assessment and begin to implement safety measures.
- Lose excess weight
- Get daily exercise
- Make good nutritional choices. Eating a healthy diet can help prevent or reduce the effects of diabetes. (www.choosemyplate.gov ) USDA website.
Visit one of the many health institutions nationwide. During November they are offering informational classes on prevention and dealing with diabetes.
The nerve damage and circulatory problems in your feet, brought on by diabetes, is life threatening. Our office is a valuable resource for information and recommendations. Give us a call at the Hillsboro office at (503) 648-1713, the Newberg office at (503) 538-0466 or the Beaverton office at (503) 292-9252 and schedule an appointment today. Don’t be victimized by the ravaging effects of diabetes. Even in the early stages it is working to destroy your organs. Step up now and confront this silent killer.
K.G. Gauntt, DPM