Do you know your risk of developing type 2 diabetes or your diabetic foot risk?
Your weight, diet, age, exercise and family origins may put you at risk. You can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by adopting a healthy lifestyle – eating healthy food, exercising and maintaining healthy body weight.
There is no cure for type 2 diabetes and life gets pretty tough following a loss of a limb. Prevention is the answer. During National Diabetes Awareness Week is the time to check your risk – and know how to reduce your risk – of type 2 diabetes and diabetic foot complications.
Your lifestyle choices can prevent or, at least, delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. You cannot change risk factors like age and your genetic background. You can do something about being overweight, your waist measurement, how active you are, eating habits, or smoking.
If there is type 2 diabetes in your family, you should be careful not to put on weight. Reducing your waist measurement reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes.
By increasing your physical activity and improving your eating habits you can lower your risk. Eat plenty of vegetables and high fibre cereal products every day and use a small amount of fats and oils. Monounsaturated oils, such as olive or canola oil, are the best choice.
You can have type 2 diabetes and not know it because there may be no obvious symptoms.
Receive support to help you throughout every stage of living with Diabetes. Panaceum can help with practical advice, regular monitoring and reminders about the importance of your health and the importance of your foot health. Do you know your foot risk?
Talk to your GP and discuss you eligibility for Care Plan and check if you qualify for bulk billing to see your local Diabetes health care team all under the one roof. Panaceum’s highly qualified team of health professionals, aim to provide you with a regular review, and continue to assist you to make lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the disease, and avoid the long term complications of diabetes.
Good diabetes management starts with learning all the skills you need to make food choices, increase your physical activity in an appropriate way, look after your feet, and monitor your blood glucose levels as you go.
People with Diabetes live with a much higher risk of developing foot problems. Pain goes undetected because high blood glucose levels damage nerves and blood vessels.
You may recognise these changes in a number of ways. Firstly you may experience a reduction in sensation which may progress to numbness in your feet. Secondly wounds may take longer to heal. Thirdly you may get infections more easily and fourthly foot deformities mean pressure points which are prone to damage. These changes are somewhat dependent on the length of time that you have had diabetes and how well you control your diabetes.
Looking after your diabetes and having regular check will help to delay or even prevent the development of diabetes complications, including problems with your feet.
One pair of feet for one lifetime. That pair of feet will walk the equivalent of two and half times around the world. They are your foundation and hold you upright. It’s time to start paying attention to them.
Some people realise the seriousness of developing type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing health and lifestyle complications. These complications include blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and limb amputation. But did you know Diabetes can take 15 years off a person’s life if not managed properly. Now imagine how difficult that life would be without a leg. That’s the potential devastating consequence of Diabetes.
FACT: Every week in Australia diabetes causes 85 foot amputations.
Of course not all diabetics get complications. However, complications do occur and an awareness of what to look out for, getting into a routine of self-foot care and periodic foot checkups with a Podiatrist all help prevent complications.
The first step in preventing foot complications is to maintain good blood sugar levels. Your GP and Panaceum Healthcare team can help you with this. Remember, regular self-monitoring is essential for good control and can reduce the risk of complications.
Welcome to National Diabetes Awareness week 2016. National Diabetes Week aims to raise awareness about type 2 diabetes, which is the fastest-growing non-infectious disease in the world and 6th highest cause of death by disease in Australia.
There are 2 million Australians at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and are not aware of their risk, some of these people will already be having changes of the feet which could have devastating consequences on how they live their lives. In addition, there are 1 million Australians who have known diabetes and need to have regular foot checks.
The focus of this week is “Your feet & Diabetes”. If you are Diabetic and haven’t had a foot check in the past 12 months, contact Panaceum this week, ensure your care plan is up to date and book a Diabetic foot check with a professional (That’s me – Lara Reynolds, Podiatrist).
Follow the updates this week, learn about looking after your feet, what changes to look out for, know your foot risk and understand what it means for you.
Remember – you only get 1 pair of feet and they have to last you a life time!
Lara Reynolds is an experienced Podiatrist with an interest in reducing the risk of diabetic foot problems in the community. Appointments can be made online or by contacting Panaceum Allied Health 99208151.
Panaceum has a complete healthcare team who can help you. Our GP’s, Care Plan nurses, Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian, Podiatrist, Injury Management Team and Gym staff are always happy to answer any queries about living with Diabetes or help you complete a risk assessment.
Keep following updates this week on diabetes & your feet.