Take our short quiz!
- Multiple choice
Which medical condition is not a leading cause of death in the United States?
a). Diabetes b). Opioid addiction c). Heart disease d). Kidney disease e). Cancer
- True or false
Heart disease, kidney disease, compromised vision, blood vessel damage, foot amputation, and stroke are all associated with one disease.
- Fill in the blank
_______________ is a disease that affects almost 10% of the U.S. population and 8.4% of the population worldwide.
Get the answers
- Opioid addiction, while a national crisis, isn’t listed among the top 12 leading causes of death according to the National Centers for Disease Control. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in our country. Cancer takes the #2 spot, and kidney disease is up there at #9.
But our focus is answer “a”: diabetes. It’s such a prevalent and debilitating disease – our 7th leading cause of death – that the American Diabetes Association has declared the 4th Tuesday of March Diabetes Alert Day. They offer it as a “wake-up call” – an opportunity to learn about the seriousness of diabetes and to assess your own personal risk.
- True – all of these conditions can become complications of uncontrolled diabetes, a fact that should alarm everyone in our Cuyahoga County area and beyond.
- Diabetes, as you now have correctly guessed, which affects 30 million Americans.
Now do your own follow-up study
One in four Americans has diabetes but doesn’t even know it. Find out what your personal risks are by taking the Diabetes Alert Day quiz and by discussing your risks with your doctor.
Dr. Frey and Dr. Oltmann want you to know that uncontrolled diabetes poses some very real and damaging risks to your feet. If you have diabetes, it’s important to check in with a podiatrist at least once a year. We have extensive experience in diabetic foot care, and welcome you as a patient at our office in Solon, Ohio. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.