Two Olympic Athletes with Diabetes share their amazing stories
By Dr.Bruce Theall
May 22, 2014
Category: Diabetes
Tags: diabetes   athletes   foot care  

World Class skier Kris Freeman has been suffering from Type 1 diabetes since the age of 19. He instantly thought that his diagnosis would keep him from fulfilling his goals. Determined not to give in to defeat Kris learned the approach of self-care and rigorous training to help him get thorough his Olympic season free of any complications.

Billy Mills shares his story of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes one year after taking home the Olympic Gold medal for the 10,000 meter race in 1964. Mills attributes his success of coping with the disease to healthy eating and regular routine care on his feet for maintenance.

Diabetes is becoming more common today mostly due to the overweight complications especially in obese children but all ages can be affected. African American, Hispanic and Asian population have a higher risk as well. Diabetes is often diagnosed by a podiatrist due to a thorough foot evaluation.  People who are on their feet all day especially have to see a podiatrist regularly for proper diabetic foot care. Education and prevention measures are also important.  Although diabetes can cause Peripheral Neuropathy, decreased circulation and increased infection, there is still hope for normal healthy feet and an everyday active life while living with diabetes. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your feet after being diagnosed with diabetes, you can contact Gentle Touch Foot Care with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Call 973 673-3368 for Dr.Bruce Theall or Dr.Sam Adegboyega.