According to the World Health Organisation, over 100 million people in the world are diagnosed with diabetes because of these following main reasons:
When left untreated, diabetes can lead to potential complications such as;
Your body will not produce the enough sugar that it needs if you have poorly functioning or worst, a non-functioning pancreas.
An early warning sign of diabetes that some people sometimes ignore is the frequent urination
Your kidneys may be damaged or either not functioning well if high levels of protein is found in your urine.
This produce high levels of toxic acids which can be life threatening.
Diabetes increases risk of calluses, infections, or even foot ulcers.
Diabetes can have an incredibly detrimental impact on the foot health. Patients with diabetes are at higher risk of developing foot ulcers and infections, if left untreated, can lead to complications resulting in amputation.
According to Diabetes Australia, there are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes and in 2005, more than 1000 people with diabetes died as a direct result of foot ulcers and lower limb wounds – around 8% of all diabetes related deaths.
One of our StepEase podiatrists can assist patients with diabetes to monitor and manage conditions of high risk by conducting early tests to determine nerve damage. The most effective treatments occur in cases where changes in blood flow and nerve conduction competence are detected early.
Furthermore, podiatrists can also treat accelerated cases with wound care, treatment of infection, and pressure relieving strategies.
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