Foot Asleep? Wake up to Diabetes

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If your foot often falls asleep and there are cuts or bruises on them that cause no sensation, brace yourself - it may be a case of diabetic foot. Diabetic patients are often lazy about basic instructions - following a disciplined routine of taking medicines and regular exercises as prescribed. These are essential to keeping the circulation of blood and sugar level.

Diabetes is a growing problem on the Indian subcontinent and in the Middle East. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), there were an estimated 40 million people with diabetes in India in 2007 and this number is predicted to rise to almost 70 million people by 2025. When a normal person wakes up in the morning, he goes to the mirror to look at his face. However, a diabetic needs to look at his feet with the same care. This is because the symptoms and signs of a diabetic foot include numbness or tingling in the feet, persistent sensation of cold feet, ulcerations on the foot or the toes. One must also be wary of small cuts or burns that can develop into gangrene or deformities on the toes and the foot.

World Diabetes Day on 14th of November found that approximately 5% of diabetics develop foot ulcers and 12 percent develop poor leg and foot circulation and every 30 seconds a lower limb is lost to diabetes. Unfortunately, because of these problems, a diabetic is 15 times more likely to have an amputation of the leg than a non-diabetic. These foot problems can occur at any age and after any amount of time following someone being diagnosed as a diabetic. However, most patients with diabetic foot problems are older, as circulation gets poor with advancing age. If there is a small infection, it can be control before it develops into a gangrene-like threat - the dead skin can be scraped, aspirin like drugs for speeding circulation to wounded areas can be prescribed, but first the diabetic must check his feet and be careful.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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