Diabetes Gone Too Far
By Dr. Bruce Theall
March 12, 2015
Category: Diabetes

People with Diabetes need access to doctors and medicines to help them keep their disease under control, but they also need food in their pantries and money in their pockets to pay for necessities like rent and heat. Studies show that patients being treated for Type 2 diabetes who suffer from food insecurity and those who try skimping on their meds were only half as likely as their more financially secure counterparts to be managing their disease.

Although some aspects of health are controlled by factors outside medical system, doctors are increasingly being held accountable when their patients miss their targets for things like blood sugar and cholesterol. It stands to reason that better access to medical care ought to improve people's health. But clinical trials have found that things aren't always so simple for low income patients with Diabetes. Unfortunately poor diabetic care maintenance can lead to complications including nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat. The good news is that proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent foot ulcers and lowers the rates of  limb amputations.

The best strategy for preventing complications of diabetes — including foot ulcers — is proper diabetes management with a healthy diet, regular exercise, blood sugar monitoring and adherence to a prescribed medication regimen. If problems with Diabetes affect your feet, you can contact Gentle Touch Foot care for a complete evaluation. To schedule an appointment call 973 673-3668.