Diabetes has already reached epidemic proportions in America and worldwide, and the numbers are growing. More than 80 million Americans are thought to have prediabetes, a metabolic disorder characterized by blood sugar that is higher than normal but not (yet) fully at diabetes levels. Even more alarmingly, an estimated 1 in 4 diabetes cases are undiagnosed, meaning millions are unaware just how much danger they’re in.
Diabetes can wreak havoc on feet, turning minor cuts and bruises into chronic ulcers that may threaten the limb with amputation—or worse. Keeping your feet protected from these consequences is one of the most important things we do at Associates in Podiatry, so we urge you to get tested if you carry the risk factors or notice any telltale symptoms.
Some common early warning signs include:
- You’re always thirsty and experience dry mouth.
- You’re always hungry, even after eating.
- You suffer from frequent headaches, and your vision may become blurry.
- You frequently need to urinate.
- You suddenly lose a lot of weight and don’t know why.
- You frequently feel tired and weak.
In addition to these symptoms, further risk factors associated with diabetes development include:
- Family history
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Lack of activity
If you identify with some or all of the risk factors, and/or you experience any of the early warning signs, please don’t gamble with your long-term health. Get yourself tested. The earlier you seek to treat or manage your diabetes, the better you can prevent complications and protect your future.
To schedule your appointment with Associates in Podiatry, please complete our contact form online or call the office closest to you. Dial (609) 924-8333 for Princeton, or (908) 687-5757 for Roselle Park.