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We at Feet First Foot Care Specialists would like to share some startling statistics with our Middlesex County patients about diabetes. Over 34 million adults in the U.S. currently have diabetes. Even more staggering, the most recent statistics show that 88 million have prediabetes, with 1.5 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed each year. November is American Diabetes Month and a good time to find out how to turn that tide for yourself and your loved ones against this disease that hurts your feet and the rest of your body.

Reducing Risk Factors for Diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, some factors raise your risk that you cannot control, but many that you can. Consider the ones listed below and start making healthier lifestyle choices today.

Smoking—Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your body. It impedes circulation, slows healing, and raises your bad cholesterol and blood pressure, all of which are associated with diabetes. Quitting is hard! Some tips:

  • Focus on all the benefits you’ll get from stopping smoking. Write them down and be as specific as possible (i.e., my clothes and furniture will no longer smell, and I’ll be able to run after my grandchildren without getting out of breath).
  • Set a date to quit.
  • Enlist the help and support of friends and family.
  • Talk to your doctor and choose a program. There is a wide range of options, from cold turkey to using a nicotine patch to hypnosis. Find what works for you.

Overweight—Carrying excess weight increases your chances of getting diabetes and having a heart attack or stroke. Small changes can result in considerable weight loss, and even 10-15 pounds can significantly decrease your risk. Try:

  • Increase the number of healthy foods you eat, such as vegetables, fruits, salads, whole-grain bread, and starches. It will help you feel less hungry and naturally decrease your caloric intake.
  • Strive to be more active. Get a pedometer or step counter and set a minimum goal for each day.
  • Make healthy swaps—just pick one: seltzer for sugary soda, low-fat dairy for full fat, frozen yogurt for ice cream.
  • Stay accountable—weigh yourself at least once a week.

High Blood Pressure—Two out of three people with diabetes also report having high blood pressure. Manage high blood pressure by:

  • Reducing your sodium intake.
  • Limiting alcohol consumption.
  • Learning new ways to manage stress—choose one that’s a physical activity, and it will also help you maintain a healthy weight (another way to reduce blood pressure).

If you are concerned with your risk of developing diabetes, contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499  and talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.



 








 

 

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