Diabetes can affect everyone and anyone from all walks of life. Sometimes it is the people who we most look up to that are afflicted with terrible diseases. Rashad Jennings was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Jennings played for the Oakland Raiders in 2013 before signing with the Giants for a 14 million dollar contract. Running back Rashad Jennings of the NY Giants has a strong familial element of diabetes running in his family.
According to Rashad Jennings “I did a 180 in my life – an overweight, chubby kid with glasses and asthma, I had to figure something out,” Jennings said. When he was in high school he weighed 270 lbs and did not get much time on the football field. He has always known that he wanted to play in the NFL and wanted to make a commitment to himself and to his father who has had a long history of diabetes. Jennings father is now a double amputee who has diabetes, and has suffered the extreme consequences from this debilitating disease. Rashad dedicates his games to his dad every time he runs, as a reminder to himself that his father can no longer.
The truth about the complications from diabetes is that people with diabetes are 5 times as likely to have a stroke than people without diabetes, 4 times as likely to have coronary artery disease, 5 times as likely to have peripheral arterial disease, and diabetes who smoke are 50% more likely to have an amputation, or loss of limb.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. All patients being treated for diabetes should follow up with their primary doctor as well for other treatment options. If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.