Diabetics Learn About Their Disease at “Diabetic You” Event

Charles Mattocks, a chef and diabetic, Mary Washington Hospital on Thursday to talk about healthy eating. (SUZANNE CARR ROSSI / THE FREE LANCE STAR)Thanks to “Diabetic You,” an event hosted by Mary Washington Hospital, diabetic community members like Valerie Lewis, 62, are now more informed about how to take care of their bodies so their conditions don’t get worse. Lewis, who has been diabetic for most of her life, relies on medication to keep her healthy. “Knowing you have diabetes and doing the right thing about it, is hard,” Lewis said.

“I’ve only recently been doing what I shoulda to a T”. Charles Mattocks, a chef promoting his new book, also stopped by as part of his tour. Mattocks has diabetes himself and was able to show the participants many of his healthiest and most affordable recipes.

Being diabetic means that you have to take exceptional care of your feet. If you have questions about how to do this, contact podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will teach you all about the foot conditions diabetes can cause and how you can prevent them.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

It is always best to let your healthcare professional know of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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