Diabetes Alert Day 2019!
Hello Diabetic Survivors! Today is Diabetes Alert Day in the United States. Diabetes continues to be scourge, affecting as many as 440 million people globally. As part of Diabetes Alert Day 2019 we have been asked to share our why. My co-authors and I write articles and answer questions because we want to help those with diabetes to thrive, and to help them understand what is going on with the disease process as it affects their feet.
I have accepted a new position as a high-risk or limb-salvage podiatrist with MultiCare in the Pacific Northwest. Why I continue working with this challenging high-risk population is because some of you badly need the help and the information. And I also do it because you are a challenging population to work with, and because I feel you deserve good information. I continue to believe that with better information you will be able to make better choices. You may still have bad outcomes, but if you read the articles on the website you will know some of what is in store if you fail to quit smoking, get your sugar under better control, and check your feet daily.
The Two Step Program
In my clinics, and in the lectures that I give, I have a simple two step program. Step one is to check your feet daily. Step two is if you see anything you don’t like (during your foot exam) then CALL FOR HELP! You don’t have to go it alone on this diabetic journey. This website goes out across the world, anyone with an internet connection can access it, so you won’t all be calling me, but if you have diabetes find a qualified podiatrist and establish care.
How You Can Help
Please share this article with friends and family. Once again, here is the link for the test for prediabetes. Every time you talk about diabetes with a friend or family-member, and they remind you that they don’t have diabetes, ask them to go to this website and take the prediabetes test. Diabetes may not be as far from them as they would prefer. The test is also available in Spanish here.
Here is wishing you all the best in your health and in your endeavors! Please share the site with those who would benefit. Your recommendations to friends and family are my best marketing. Thank you for your support, and here is looking forward to the coming year with all of my DiabeticSurvivors.
- More information on prediabetes and type 2 diabetes from the Center for Disease Control.
- Diabetic Survivor infographic on how diabetes is spreading across the world.
- Diabetic Survivor video on how a blister can lead to an amputation. If you haven’t seen this yet, view it now.
For the Survivors. Choose Life.