Look Out for These Symptoms of Diabetes

diabetesDo you know when something’s going wrong in your body? Sure – you usually have symptoms such as pain, swelling, coughing, or fever. And you fix them, perhaps after a visit to the doctor. However, the human body isn’t always so direct. Some symptoms can be elusive, and you may not recognize them as problematic. Diabetes is one of those diseases that can be difficult…

5 Diabetes Complications of the Feet

diabetesLet’s dive more deeply into some of the effects of diabetes on the feet that we touched upon in last week’s blog. We mentioned five effects: wounds that won’t heal, fungal infections, numbness, cracked heels, and weakened bones: Wounds that won’t heal. For the non-diabetic, a cut or scrape is usually no big deal and will heal quickly. That’s not always the case for people…

6 Powerful Reasons to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Awareness MonthThirty-four million people in the United States have Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, all of them are at a higher risk of health complications in ways that might surprise you. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s look into six of these complications: Legs and feet can develop problems with circulation and nerve function. Our patients with diabetes are more susceptible to certain lower limb issues…

Let’s Talk About Men and Diabetes

31299756 S Diabetes Healthcare Medicare Treatment HandsJune is International Men’s Health Month. Why do we dedicate an entire month to men’s health? For one thing, it’s common knowledge that men are more hesitant to see a doctor than women are. They’re afraid of hearing bad news. They don’t want to take time off from work. They push through the pain. But this attitude isn’t just silly – it can be downright…

The ABCs of Managing Diabetes

Diabetes ComplicationsIt’s hard work to keep diabetes under control. Managing diabetes by regulating your blood sugar can be difficult and time-consuming. Worrying about all the complications of diabetes can be emotionally taxing. So, what if you could break down diabetes self-care into simple terms? The American Diabetes Association reminds us to break it down to our “ABCs.” ABC’s of Managing Diabetes A = A1C. A1C is…

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?

514650669 S Blood Pressure Cuff Doctor PatientLet’s approach the end of American Diabetes Awareness Month with some vital questions: will you get diabetes? Is there any reason to be worried? Are there steps you should be taking to reduce your risk? These are some great questions to bring to your doctor at your next physical. But even before that, you can begin to assess your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.…

Let’s Talk about Diabetic Foot Care

72605946 S Shoes Shoe Lace Heart Diabetes Check StripsAmerican Diabetes Month (November) raises awareness of a disease that affects 34 million of our citizens. Even those who live with diabetes struggle with the staggering amount of information to know and understand. For patients and friends of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland, we’re offering this list of words associated with diabetes and diabetic foot care.  Words to know if you are a diabetic:…

Don’t Fall for These Diabetes Myths

46737615 Diabetes Text, 3d Medicical ConceptLet’s do a little math: currently, there are 334,884,221 people in the United States. About 34,200,000 of them have diabetes. 34,200,000÷334,884,221 = 10% 10% of us have diabetes. That’s huge! And you’d think that we’d all be pretty conversant about something that affects one person in every 10. Sadly, we’re not. Diabetes continues to be misunderstood. November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  We at Foot &…

COVID-19 and People with Underlying Conditions

13904812 M Patient Waiting Room TabletRecently, the Centers for Disease Control expanded its list of underlying health conditions that put people at an increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19. The list now includes those who suffer from the following health conditions: coronary artery disease COPD obesity chronic kidney disease high blood pressure moderate to severe asthma liver disease pregnancy smoking type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and COVID-19 Type 2 diabetes…

What’s Your Risk of Developing Diabetes?

47542744 Prevent Diabetes Against Indicators Of Healthy LifestyleWould you be surprised to learn that diabetes is extremely damaging to your feet? High blood sugar damages nerves and blood vessels, which makes the feet especially vulnerable to two things: numbness and slow healing. When your feet are numb, it’s much harder for you to detect a problem such as a cut or a scrape. That’s a real problem for diabetics when they also…